Presumed Innocent 1.0 stars

Murder mystery from the Scott Turow novel, about whose surprise ending (and its gaping defects) we are sworn to silence. But it really isn't necessary to go too deep into details. The movie starts out on an alarmingly pompous note, with an "I am a prosecutor" opening statement delivered in voice-over by Harrison Ford at the lowest setting of his vibrating-pillow voice. The tone thereafter never ranges far from a solemn drone. Director Alan J. Pakula and his frequent cameraman Gordon Willis do their share in this, with a static visual sense not so much still-photographic or painterly as taxidermic and embalmerly: subjects treated as moosehead-on-plaque or scorpion-in-paperweight or seahorse-in-vial. With Brian Dennehy, Bonnie Bedelia, Raul Julia, Paul Winfield, and Greta Scacchi. 1990.

Duncan Shepherd

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