Presumed Innocent

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Released 1990

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Director:
Alan J. Pakula
Released:
1990
Rating:
R

Presumed Innocent is a 1990 film that was adapted from the best-selling book written by Scott Turow. The film is an adrenaline packed courtroom drama that tells the story of Rozat Sabich (Harrison Ford) ' a big time prosecuting attorney accused of raping and murdering a fellow female lawyer and associate. During the case, all the evidence seems to point at Sabich. The blood type of the killer is A, which is the same as Sabich. Sabich claims his innocence, but when the prosecution finds out that Sabich was having an affair with the victim, the case suddenly seems like Sabich will be serving time in behind bars. Knowing he is in deep trouble, Sabich calls upon the help of defense attorney and biggest opposition, Sandy Stern (Raul Julia) to help get him out of the mess. Sandy takes the case and manages to uncover a law-enforcement bribery case and subsequent cover-up. It's a dirty fight to the end and while Sabich is acquitted of all charges, the killer goes unfound.

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Metacritic Score

  • 100

    San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle

    Ford's bottled-up fierceness is perfectly in sync with the sustained atmosphere of quiet tension provided by director Alan J. Pakula (Sophie's Choice, All the President's Men). Pre...

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Presumed Innocent has at its core one of the most fundamental fears of civilized man: the fear of being found guilty of a crime one did not commit. That fear is at the heart of mor...

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    A riveting adaptation of Scott Turow`s novel about a prosecutor prosecuted for murder. When this film works best, which is often, everything about it seems cramped and uptight and ...

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Crime