Monday, November 10, 2008

Presumed Innocent (1990)


Director Alan J Pakula with us his usual flair for suspense("Klute"/"The Pelican Brief"), really draws us in and keeps us guessing in this courtroom thriller. The cast is also wonderful at keeping the mystery alive as they portray their parts perfectly, never giving away anything.It stars Harrison Ford, Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, Bonnie Bedelia and Greta Scacchi.

Ford is a prosecuting attorney. He's one of the best around, so when a fellow attorney is brutally murdered, he is assigned the case. He is a bit reluctant though. This fellow attorney, was a brillant lawyer,as well as a beautiful and sexy woman, and one other thing...he was having an extra marital affair with her and when it ended, he became obsessed with winning her back. Uh Oh...all the evidence eventually points right at him! Don't rule ANYBODY out in this edge of your seat courtroom drama.

An above average murder mystery, with a great cast and brillant director. The music of John Willilams also adds just the right touch of suspense. I hadn't seen this one for quite a while, so I actually forgot whodunit, until almost the end, and I enjoyed it as much the second time around as the first.

The DVD has a good picture and nice color(not the very best I've seen, but pretty decent) which may be viewed in either a widescreen version or standard. The sound in Dolby Dig Surround was very good but would be even better in 5.1. Don't look for too much in the way of special features. There are some production notes, , a theatrical trailer,it may be viewed in English, French and Spanish and has subtitles in those langauges as well.

Also I must mention the really terrific performances of the supporting cast. Paul Winfield(with his oh so recognizable voice) as the Judge, John Spencer, as the Detective helping Ford with evidence, and Anna Maria Horsford as an assissant in the office.

A good buy and terrific addition to your suspense collection.
Never assume....Never presume....
Go for It...Laurie

This review refers to the DVD edition(Warner Bros) of "Presumed Innocent"
By L. Shirley "Laurie's Boomer Views"

Classic Movie Trailer "Presumed Innocent" (HQ Stereo)

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