Tonight's MovieMovie: Presumed Innocent Starring Harrison Ford
12.22.12 by BJSprecher
"I am a prosecutor. I have spent my life in the assignment of blame."
Rozat "Rusty" Sabich may not immediately come to mind when you're asked to name a character Harrison Ford has played on the big screen — Han Solo, Indiana Jones, Jack Ryan and Dr. Richard Kimble top our list — but Ford delivered one of the best performances of his career as the philanderous prosecuting attorney in tonight's MovieMovie, the 1990 crime thriller Presumed Innocent.
The movie was written (with Frank Pierson) and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Alan J. Pakula (Sophie's Choice) and is adapted from Scott Turow's best-selling novel of the same name. The intricate plot revolves around the rape and murder of a young woman (Greta Scacchi) and the innocent prosecutor (Ford) who used to be her lover who is being fingered for the crime. Ford plays Sabich's grief over the loss of his lover and the paranoia that follows with quiet, controlled intensity, but also reveals the passionate side of the character in flashback sequences recalling the affair. With a supporting cast of veteran actors that includes Brian Dennehy, John Spencer and Raul Julia, Presumed Innocent is an overlooked gem in Ford's filmmography and a great alternative to schmaltzy holiday fare. Uncover the mystery tonight at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT.
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Presumed Innocent | Brian Dennehy | Harrison Ford (I) | Alan J. Pakula | Movie Trailer | Review