Presumed Innocent (1990)



Critic 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.

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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. Otherwise, his life is dead-ended. He has a loveless marriage to a neurotic woman (Bonnie Bedelia) and an overbearing boss (Brian Dennehy) in a labyrinthine law enforcement world of corruption and twisted relationships. Then Carolyn Polhemus (Greta Scacchi) comes … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Pierson, Scott Turow, Alan J. Pakula, Frank R. Pierson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 16, 1997
Warner Bros.


as Rusty Sabich

as Raymond Horgan

as Sandy Stern

as Barbara Sabich

as Judge Larren Lyttle

as Carolyn Polhemus

as Det. Lipranzer

as Tommy Molto

as Nico Della Guardia

as 'Painless' Kumagai

as Ernestine

as Jamie Kemp

as Guerasch

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Lydia 'Mac' MacDouga...

as Undercover Cop

as Mr. Polhemus

as Sgt. Lionel Kenneall...

as Stew Dubinsky

as Nat Sabich

as Wendell McGaffney

as Det. Harold Greer

as Leon Wells

as Ernestine

as Morrie Dickerman

as Mike Duke

as Glendenning

as Mr. McGaffney

as Balestrieri

as Judge Mumphrey

as Court Clerk

as Undercover Cop

as Arresting Detective

as Arresting Detective

as Loretta

as Moderator

as Camp Counselor

as Reporter #1

as Reporter #2

as Reporter #3

as Reporter #4

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Prosecuting Attorney

as Stew Dubinsky

as Camper

as Wendell McGaffney
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Critic Reviews for Presumed Innocent

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (17)

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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TIME Magazine
Top Critic

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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Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

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Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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

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New Yorker
Top Critic

Intelligent, complex and enthralling.

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Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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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Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Presumed Innocent

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 dynamic, charming, or interesting, and the supporting players were also relatively bland; when Raul Julia is bland in a film, you've got a story. I was all set to give it two stars or lower, and then the end happened. It got me. I'm usually pretty good at predicting the ends of films, especially mysteries, but I was truly stumped, and I don't mind admitting it. What's great about the reveal is that it's not unfair. All the clues are there, but they're so subtly placed that it's understandable that I didn't pick up on them.
Overall, while it's no The Usual Suspects, this film gets bonus points for its unpredictable and compelling ending.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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 see the movie to find out who did it.

On second watch, a couple years after the first, I downgraded my rating a bit. The movie is almost too obscure.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


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 and say I liked this movie too. It had twists, sex, dirty politicians, affairs and amazing acting. I loved the ending.

Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

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