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Presumed Innocent (1990)

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Legal thrillers had a moment in the 90s. In fact, they had a whole decade, mainly courtesy of John Grisham’s novels. But this was the sensation that kicked off the whole thing – a spellbinding bestseller by Scott Turow. This adaptation became quite the water cooler film of its year.  Harrison Ford is the prosecuting attorney charged with investigating a beautiful colleague’s murder – but he’s her former lover and he winds up being the prime suspect.  Carefully adapted by Frank Pierson with input from paranoia specialist director Alan J. Pakula (whose own bizarre death could have come from one of his extraordinary films) this is a little overlong but no less enjoyable for that. And what a great ending! In retrospect, perhaps its most shocking element is Ford’s Caesar haircut. And wasn’t Greta Scacchi beautiful. Sydney Pollack produced and he took the director’s chair for The Firm a few years later, bringing Turow’s competitor John Grisham to even more billions of people.


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