Guilty as Sin (1993)

Guilty as Sin (1993)

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Sidney Lumet directed this Larry Cohen-scripted courtroom procedural that owes more than it should to Jagged Edge. Jennifer Haines (Rebecca De Mornay), one of the top female lawyers in the country and flush from the success of defending a gangster, has a new client to defend. A suave ladies man in an Armani suit, David Greenhill (Don Johnson) has come to solicit Jennifer's services. It seems that his rich socialite wife has been pushed to her death through an open window, and David stands to inherit a very large fortune. Needless to say, David is a prime suspect in his wife's murder. David admits to Jennifer the he is a womanizer and an oily manipulator, but nevertheless Jennifer decides to take his case as a challenge -- as she puts it: "People who are guilty are rarely this blunt." The result is an intricate chess game between Jennifer and David as they manipulate events, other people, and each other in order to determine the guilt or innocence of the playboy widower.
Rating:
R
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Buena Vista

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Cast

Luis Guzman
as Lt. Bernard Martinez
Don Johnson
as David Greenhill
Ron White
as Diangelo
Stephen Lang
as Phil Garson
Rebecca De Mornay
as Jennifer Haines
Harvey Atkin
as Judge Steinberg
Tom McCamus
as Ray Schiff
Sean McCann
as Nolan
Dana Ivey
as Judge Tompkins
Lynne Cormack
as Esther Rothman
John Kapelos
as Ed Lombardo
Tom Butler
as Heath
Chris Benson
as Arraignment Judge
Brigit Wilson
as Rita Greenhill
Barbara Eve Harris
as Kathleen Bigelow
Simon Sinn
as Mr. Loo
Melanie Nicholls-King
as Receptionist
Tom Quinn
as Squash Player
Sandi Ross
as Postal Supervisor
Anthony Sherwood
as Ken Powell
Denis Akiyama
as Lab Technician
Gene Mack
as Security Guard
James Blendick
as McMartin
Jack Newman
as Jury Foreman
Christina Baren
as Miriam Langford
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Critic Reviews for Guilty as Sin

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

It sure looks like a TV movie.

Full Review… | May 3, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the good "yuppies-in-jeopardy" thrillers that were so prevalent in the early 1990s.

March 4, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

Don Johnson proves he stinks as a movie star.

February 10, 2005
7M Pictures

Johnson's sort of good, surprisingly, but this is just expensive trash.

July 7, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Almost succeeds as a high-camp hoot ... but not quite.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Probably worth seeing on a slow night, but only if you want to keep things that way.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Guilty as Sin

½

Director Sidney Lumet has made a lot of great films over his esteemed career. and while "Guilty as Sin" will never be mistaken for any of them, it is a very entertaining and yet highly improbable thriller. He's a talented filmmaker, and he sells the story. Because of that, it hooks you and you buy into it despite your reservations. Larry Cohen will probably never win an Oscar as a screenwriter, but you have to give this guy credit where it's due; he spins an entertaining yarn and that is definitely the case here. The casting is good as well. Rebecca DeMornay and Don Johnson are both impossibly good-looking here, but you believe them in their respective roles. These are fun characters, and it's very enjoyable but sometimes silly watching them play their cat and mouse game. Johnson is especially good in a wonderful, scenery-chweing performance that gives him the rare chance to play the bad guy. He's a lot of fun, and Cohen gives him some juicy lines of dialogue. It's a rare twist in a courtroom thriller where the defendant's guilt or innocence is black and white right from the start. The ending, however, is a little too abrupt and wraps things up a little too neatly for my tastes, and the resolution seems disappointingly routine to me. The audience that has stuck with this audacious thriller for that long deserves a better conclusion. Clearly, seasoned filmmaker Lumet made "Guilty as Sin" as a lark, and when it works, it does so because of his skill and some fun casting. It's silly, but quite a bit as fun as well.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

I liked this better than I probably should have, I am partial to courtroom dramas, perhaps also it was Sidney Lumet?s direction. Don Johnson is quite good and well cast. Rebecca DeMornay is fair, she does the job but doesn?t stand out. I did find it suspenseful and I never lost interest. It had the expected twists,and it did go a little too far with the story. Otherwise, good story.

James Higgins
James Higgins

62/100. I liked this better than I probably should have, I am partial to courtroom dramas, perhaps also it was Sidney Lumet's direction. Don Johnson is quite good and well cast. Rebecca DeMornay is fair, she does the job but doesn't stand out. I did find it suspenseful and I never lost interest. It had the expected twists,and it did go a little too far with the story. Otherwise, good story.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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