Presumed Innocent

1990, Mystery & thriller, 2h 8m

55 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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Prosecuting attorney Raymond Horgan (Brian Dennehy) assigns his chief deputy, the taciturn Rusty Sabitch (Harrison Ford), to investigate the rape and murder of colleague Carolyn Polhemus (Greta Scacchi), unaware of their torrid affair. When evidence implicates Rusty, Horgan's political enemies demand his arrest, devastating Rusty's wife, Barbara (Bonnie Bedelia). In desperation, Rusty turns to crafty defense attorney Sandy Stein (Raul Julia), only to be stunned by his trial's revelations.

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Harrison Ford
Rozat `'Rusty'` Sabich
Brian Dennehy
Raymond Horgan
Raul Julia
Alejandro `'Sandy'` Stern
Bonnie Bedelia
Barbara Sabich
Paul Winfield
Judge Larren Lyttle
Greta Scacchi
Carolyn Polhemus
John Spencer
Det. Lipranzer
Joe Grifasi
Tommy Molto
Sab Shimono
` 'Painless'` Kumagai
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  • Jun 02, 2015
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 28, 2012
    Harrison Ford is outstanding here, probably one of the few lawyer performances that utilizes brevity and nuance over grandstanding and blustery speech making.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2011
    Well thought. Pakula's intense and complex psychological court room drama has been overlooked for more than two decades now. Why did it miss the radar of audiences is something difficult to guess, yet Ford's pressence should at least be the first "evidence" to guarantee entertainment for hesitating people that may approach this solid piece. 77/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Presumed Innocent was a brilliantly scripted courtroom drama that grabs the audience's attention from the opening scene where Harrison Ford narrates. Let me start off by saying that Harrison Ford kills this role, I mean he is always playing a tough guy but here is a bit of a twist than what he usually does. Ford plays one person with his family, and another person in his job, and I think that is some very good acting. The rest of the cast is mediocre and not really memorable, but there are still no bad performances in the film. What i love about the script is that they give you so many different outcomes, we are asking ourselves "is it him?" I will not spoil anything for you, but what I will tell you is that I always enjoy the mystery courtroom films as long as they do it correctly, and Presumed Innocent goes beyond that. They give us a nice family, a job, and a set up. But soon we learn more and more unfold about this mans life and we start to question things about the case and it really teases the audience with its clues. Maybe I am also a sucker for twist endings, but as long as they make a good twist ending (like The Sixth Sense) instead of a stupid twist ending (like The Village) than I am happy. Presumed Innocent is a great mystery courtroom drama, and will be a breath of fresh air for those that courtroom films are starting to lose their touch.
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