Presumed Innocent
Presumed Innocent (1990)

Rusty Sabich (Harrison Ford) is a bland, oppressed man who burns with a quiet, corrosive intensity that can flare uncontrollably. A Philadelphia prosecutor, Sabich's fire seems to have one outlet: his job. He loves prosecuting people.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 27, 1990
DVD Release Date: December 16, 1997
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Thanks to an outstanding script, focused direction by Alan Pakula, and a riveting performance from Harrison Ford, Presumed Innocent is the kind of effective courtroom thriller most others aspire to be.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

Conscientiously as this movie has been made, it does not work as well as the novel did or as some of Pakula's other films have.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

A ponderous adaptation of Scott Turow's cunningly plotted mystery novel.

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Dennis King
Tulsa World

The film's densely constructed trial sequences are freighted with rich detail, unexpected turns and intimate insights into the criminal justice system.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

Pakula and the cast are excellent in the cut and thrust debates and the grilling of witnesses. At least on the surface, Presumed Innocent unfolds in the grand tradition of great courtroom drama. But nothing in Presumed Innocent is what it seems.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

Intelligent, complex and enthralling.

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Ted Pigeon
Slant Magazine

It presents a more intriguing and certainly more complicated portrait of cinema's historic struggle with representations of female agency and sexuality.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Presumed Innocent is a stylish, dark-toned movie with handsome photography (by Gordon Willis) and solid performances.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A top-notch courtroom drama that will keep you guessing if you haven't read the book; even if you have, it is still a very well crafted story.

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Sue Heal
Radio Times

This could have been a great movie, but, despite being a darn good yarn well told, the essential magic is somehow missing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A prosecutor's mistress is murdered, and he becomes the prime suspect. Throughout the majority of this film, I was bored. Harrison Ford was not at his most… More
familiar stranger
First of all, I'll like to admit that I wasn't quite able to predict the culprit in this whodunit, which is something that doesn't happen often… More
Red Lats
An interesting movie. Harrison Ford is Rusty Savage, a prosecutor. One of his fellow prosecutors is murdered and Rusty is charged with murder. You have to… More
Wahida K
Attraction. Desire. Deception. Murder. No one is ever completely innocent.
Alexis Nomm
I have to start this off by saying I LOVE HARRISON FORD! It's rare that he's in a movie I don't like. With that said, I'm going to go ahead… More
Conner Rainwater
It was a bland script with very little originality or depth. The acting was mediocre, even from Harrison Ford. I feel that with better direction and visual… More

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