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||IMDB Rating: 6.9/10 from 6 votes
||Release: 26 October 1990 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Mystery, Thriller
||Stars: Anna Maria Horsford, Bonnie Bedelia, Bradley Whitford, Brian Dennehy, Christine Estabrook, Greta Scacchi, Harrison Ford, Joe Grifasi, John Spencer, Madison Arnold, Michael Tolan, Paul Winfield, Raul Julia, Sab Shimono, Tom Mardirosian
||Synopsis: Carolyn Polhemus, an up-and-comer in the Kindle County D.A.'s Office, is found viciously murdered in her home. Immediately her boss, D.A. Raymond Horgan and his chief deputy, Rusty Sabich start an investigation. Horgan, however, is in the middle of a campaign to keep his job, which he ultimately loses to former subordinate Nico Della Guardia. Della Guardia and his new deputy, Tommy Molto, decide to prosecute Sabich for Carolyn's murder when it is revealed that Sabich was a former lover of Polhemus. Horgan also turns against his former subordinate, and Rusty soon realizes he has few friends left - except for Sandy Stern, whom he has often faced on the other side of the courtroom, and who will become his new defense lawyer when he is put on trial for murder. Investigation by Stern and his team leads them to think that Rusty was framed for murder - by Molto, who wanted Sabich's job and was trying to punish him for backing Horgan. Is Rusty Sabich innocent...or is he a murderer? Written by Derek O'Cain
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As a thriller this is top notch; as any kind of a movie it is also top
notch. Based on Scott Turow's best-selling novel of the same name (his
first), it relies on a well-coordinated directorial effort by Alan J.
Pakula (Sophie's Choice 1982, All the President's Men 1976, Klute 1971,
etc.), a fine script by Frank Pierson (whose credits include Cool Hand
Luke 1967, Dog Day Afternoon 1975, A Star Is Born 1976, etc.), and an
experienced, talented and well-directed cast headed by Harrison Ford,
Brian Dennehy, Raul Julia, Bonnie Bedelia, Greta Scacchi and Paul
Ford plays Rusty Sabich, a prosecutor compromised by his sexual
obsession with a fellow prosecutor, Caroline Polhemus (Scacchi) who is
found murdered as the film opens. We see her in flashback as a
conniving mantrap who uses her wiles to further her career. Sabich is
assigned to the case by his boss, Raymond Horgan (Dennehy) who is up
for reelection. Sabich would like to recuse himself but Horgan demands
that he take the case and get the perp "yesterday" otherwise they will
all be out a job because he will lose the election. Bedelia, looking
particularly beguiling, plays Sabich's sexually frustrated and deeply
hurt wife, Barbara.
When the election is lost the new prosecutors arrest Sabich and charge
him with murder. He is defended by the very smooth Raul Julia who plays
defense attorney Sandy Stern. Paul Winfield, in a somewhat flamboyant
style, plays Judge Larren Lyttle.
Because Scott Turow knows the way the law works in practice as well as
in theory, he having been a lawyer before he became a best-selling
writer, we are treated to wood paneled intrigues and courtroom
theatrics that have the unmistakable feel of authenticity. The dialogue
is veracious and the character cross-currents vividly real. Ford gives
what I think is one of his best performances as a man tormented by his
infidelity and caught in a vise of circumstance largely stemming from
that infidelity. Dennehy is a big-mouthed and big-headed politician in
the familiar Windy City style. Raul Julia's Sandy Stern is cosmopolitan
and brilliant, cynical and slick, a kind of Latin Johnny Cochran.
Bedelia, whom I recall best as Shirley Muldowney in Heart Like a Wheel
(1983) manages a delicate (and slightly unbelievable) persona with just
the right amount of forbearance so that when the surprise ending comes
we almost believe it.
I say "almost," but you might want to judge for yourself.
See this for Harrison Ford who plays a foolish and morally compromised
man with just the sort of right stuff and disarming vulnerability we've
come to expect from one of Hollywood's most popular leading men.
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Anna Maria Horsford
, Bonnie Bedelia
, Bradley Whitford
, Brian Dennehy
, Christine Estabrook
, Greta Scacchi
, Harrison Ford
, Joe Grifasi
, John Spencer
, Madison Arnold
, Michael Tolan
, Paul Winfield
, Raul Julia
, Sab Shimono
, Tom Mardirosian
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