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Guilty as Sin (1993)

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A female lawyer takes an accused wife-murderer as a client, but finds herself morally compelled to betray him one way or another.

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Sidney Lumet

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca De Mornay ... Jennifer Haines
Don Johnson ... David Edgar Greenhill
Stephen Lang ... Phil Garson
Jack Warden ... Moe Plimpton
Dana Ivey ... Judge D. Tompkins
Ron White ... Prosecutor DiAngelo
Norma Dell'Agnese ... Emily, Jennifer's Assistant
Sean McCann ... Nolan, Greenhill's Doorman
Luis Guzmán ... Lt. Bernard Martinez
Robert Kennedy ... Caniff
James Blendick James Blendick ... McMartin
Tom Butler ... D.A. Heath
Christina Grace Christina Grace ... Miriam Langford (as Christina Baren)
Lynne Cormack Lynne Cormack ... Esther Rothman
Barbara Eve Harris ... Kathleen Bigelow
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Storyline

A man accused of murdering his wife approaches a hotshot female criminal attorney to take his case. The man is a self-professed womaniser, and his alleged motive would be the large sum of money his wife left him. The attorney begins to have second thoughts about representing him when he starts making it look like they're having an affair and tells her things she can't reveal because of lawyer/client privilege, so she starts her own investigation of him, which threatens her career and the safety of her friends and herself. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'avocat du diable See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$22,886,222
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Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Although it is set in the United States (presumably Chicago), filming was done exclusively in Canada. See more »

Goofs

At 01:24:20, at the end of the trial when Moe lives the courtroom Jennifer's coat is visible on the first chairs behind the defense bench, neatly folded and resting against the back rest. Seconds later, when she picks it up, it is just lying on the seat of the chair. See more »

Quotes

Jennifer Haines: [about Greenhill] I think I can get him off.
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Don Johnson a revelation
20 October 2004 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

Every few years you see a performance by an actor in something that really impresses you, where you want to watch the whole thing again just to watch him/her, where the person is so fascinating as a character, so extraordinarily in that role, that the performance just BECOMES the experience. That was true in this movie with Don Johnson - on one level alone, he was more believable as a fabulously wealthy man who'd been wildly successful on all levels throughout his life - than anyone I've ever seen.

Think of say, the great performances of say, Steve McQueen in Thomas Crown Affair, any actor who's played James Bond, any of the wonderful character actors playing wealthy men in movies like My Man Godfrey, The Philadelphia Story, Holiday, The Awful Truth, Meet John Doe, Fifth Avenue Girl, Bachelor Mother, You Can't Take it With You -- and Don Johnson is yet more believable.

Nothing's ever gone wrong for this man - and he relies on it, and he's very very smart, and very very charming, and he knows all of that - and yet somehow he IS charming nonetheless -- And you suspect from the first moment, there is something bad there.

I remember thinking when I saw Lisa Eichhorn in 1979 in Yanks, that I had seen someone who really and truly seemed that character - Don Johnson seems this character and it's a great and effortless performance and you should see it. (And if you weren't a fan of his television series, don't worry - neither was I - I never really paid attention to him - and wham, I'm now a fan!).

This guy has gotten to be a superb actor.


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