Friday, February 12, 2016

Mock Squid Soup Film Society-My Pick for February


Finally, another new pick for the film society which is held over at The Armchair Squid, if you would like to see the others' choices.  Last week I gave my 3 clues and I stumped all of ya! Many mentioned "Dead, Again" but I have not even seen that film so that was not it.  Here are my 3 clues...

1.I love the music which is very haunting with the piano at the beginning.
This music starts off at the very beginning of the film and is throughout the movie. I consider it a major part of the film. It was composed by John Williams

2.  The main star is still going strong after all these years
The main star got his big break in 1977 playing a devil may care smuggler and he reprized his role for the huge blockbuster that came out at the end of 2015... Harrison Ford!

3. Did he/she or didn't he/she do it??? Hmmmmmmmm
This film came out in 1990 where Harrison Ford is charged with the murder of his fellow co-worker/lover

PRESUMED INNOCENT-1990



This is one of my favourite Harrison Ford films because he is not playing Mr. Action hero or Mr. President but is playing a regular man caught up in love, lust and murder.  He plays a high powered prosecuting attorney for a law firm but you feel he is a lawyer with a conscience-you know, fiction:) He seems happily married to his college sweetheart and they have a wonderful home, a station wagon and a great son. When he gets to work, you find out that one of their lawyers was viciously murdered. The victim, played by Greta Scacchi (who was the go to girl at that time to always take her clothes off),  takes on the sick cases that no one else wants. You find out that the Ford character was having an affair with the Scacchi character.  His wife knows about the affair and the Ford character maintains that he never loved Scacchi but, as the movie goes along, you see that he seemed to be obsessed with her.  To say that Scacchi  wants to get ahead ( in more ways than one) is an understatement since she seems to go through men to get to the top (again, in more ways than one).  Did he kill her? You just don't know. 

The film shows power, love, lust, betrayal and sadness. The music really struck me since it is throughout the film.  I should find the soundtrack (yes I still buy CD's)

The acting is well done with an excellent supporting cast-Brian Dennehy, Bonnie Bedelia, Raul Julia and John Spencer.  The setting is great because it feels like a movie from that time and his home looks the part of a typical nice upper middle class family. 

If you like court dramas and whodunits then you will like this movie.

68 comments:

  1. I remember reading the book but can't remember if I saw the movie. I must be getting old.

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    1. It's weird to say but the movie is 26 years old. For me, this is a new movie:)

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  2. I've seen the movie, but it was a long time ago.
    And you should watch Dead Again. It's a brilliant film.

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    1. I have to see this movie..I don't even know what it is about

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  3. Okay, I was so off on this movie :) I can't remember if we saw it or not, LOL; it seems like something hubby would enjoy watching, but obviously it didn't leave too lasting of an impression with me :)

    betty

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    1. Hahahaaa-I guess I did give vague clues but I thought they were good. It is a good movie if you like that style

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  4. Ah, I've seen that one indeed. Been a awhile though, never would have guessed it.

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    1. Yup...it has been a while and most people only recall Ford from his action movies

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  5. How did you like Harrison Ford in "American Graffiti" and "Apocalypse Now?"

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    1. I liked him in American Graffiti and he had a pretty good role in that. I don't remember him in Apocalypse Now and i should see that great film again...it has been a while

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  6. How did you like Harrison Ford in "American Graffiti" and "Apocalypse Now?"

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  7. I'm hooked. I want to know the ending.

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    1. oh good....let me know what you think

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  8. I recently caught the end of Air Force One and was pleased to see Ford making many of the same faces I'd seen in Star Wars. I'll always be game to watch one of his movies.

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    1. This is a change of pace for him and shows his acting chops

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  9. Great movie! Bonnie Bedelia is flawless here...her final moments are incredible!

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  10. I think I saw this movie, but I really don't remember it all all.

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  11. Aha. No wonder. I've never seen it. It never would have come up in my remembrances.

    Dead Again... Yeah, you should give that one a try. I won't say any more.

    I found the soundtrack on Amazon. Looks like it's just from resellers, but if you love it: http://www.amazon.com/Presumed-Innocent-Original-Picture-Soundtrack/dp/B0000014RS

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    1. I looked up Dead Again and I did see it but only when it first came out and I have to see it again as I don't remember much about it obviously

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  12. I think I've seen it, and I still got it wrong. LOL

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    1. Yes...this can happen especially if it has been a while

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  13. Oh... good choice! I think I've only seen it once but highly memorable.

    It was your he/she in your final clue that led me toward Dead Again. Now, you're just going to have to watch it to see why!

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    1. I look the movie up and I did see it but I don't remember much about it since I saw it when it first came out

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    2. It may be a while before I watch either again. Both strong films but not exactly kid-friendly.

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  14. Now it seems like I should have guessed this one, lol!!

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  15. LOVE this movie (as well as Dead Again)....a time I felt a book was done justice in its transition to the big screen. Ford and Bedelia was incredible. The nuances are even more impressive upon repeated viewings!

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    1. They are and one can re-watch it to try to pick up on the subtle clues

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  16. The book is very good. I like it better than the movie, but I think the movie is well done. Harrison Ford is excellent in it.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The book is almost always better than the movie and, yes, Ford is excellent in this

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  17. I loved this movie but had forgotten all about it. This post makes me want to watch again. :)

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  18. I would have NEVER figured that one out.
    Happy Valentines, Birgit:)

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  19. Great commentary on the movie. That movie made me sad. He had it all and was willing to risk it. Sad.
    And again, Happy Valentines, S.H.S. :)

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    1. Thank you! It was sad and people are that stupid unfortunately. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  20. This is, by far my favorite Harrison Ford movie. The book is great, too.

    Happy Valentine :)

    Blue

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    1. Happy Valentine's Day! Glad you like this movie

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  21. Great pick - not Harrison Ford's usual role.
    Hope you've been having a Happy Valentines Day, Birgit!

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    1. No it's not and that is what's so good about it also. Happy Valentine's Day

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  22. I haven't even heard of this one until now. I don't know what rock I was living under, but maybe I'll have to crawl out of it and check this out. It sounds like something up my alley.

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    1. It is really quite good and leaves you guessing if he did it or not. I hope you see it:)

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  23. Of course I was one you stumped. I've never seen this one, but I'd love to since Harrison Ford's in it.

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  24. I think this is one Harrison Ford movie I haven't seen. That's a shocker!

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    1. Hahahaaa-I think you will like it then:)

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  25. I think this is one Harrison Ford movie I haven't seen. That's a shocker!

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  26. Birgit, I remember this movie and it's a good one. I like these kind of dramas. The writers unfold the story making taking your mind one direction, but in the end you discovery an unexpected twist. We are currently watching the series Damages, which is very much like this and lovin' every episode!

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    1. I don't know this show "Damages"-I should look it up

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  27. It's been so long since I saw this movie. It'd be a good rental with wifey this weekend.

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    1. Hope you do and let me know what you think

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  28. See, from your clues, I would have guessed the Fugitive. I thought Harrison Ford was great in his first film, American Graffiti, as well.
    Now I want to know if he did it or not.
    And fear not, I still buy CD's as well. Don't like downloading, I like to own my music. If you get me.
    I think last count I had close to 500 CD's.

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    1. You are like my brother but he has over 500 records not even CD's :)

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  29. What an interesting review of Presumed Innocent! I want to see it!!!
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. It is a very good film-worth seeing

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  30. I can vaguely remember this - not too well, but remember it nonetheless.

    I don't buy CDs anymore, and do get digital downloads of songs I like...but for albums, I actually still buy vinyl :)

    Kim (ReInVintaged)

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    1. My brother prefers vinyl. I have never downloaded anything-I like my old style CD's

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  31. I saw this movie. Presumed Innocent swept me along - I got suckered in by the story and the characters. I must watch it again. Ford as always can always be relied upon for an entertaining delivery.

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    1. he can and it is quite good-The victim is a real B%^$tch

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  32. Hope you're having a relaxing, enjoyable evening, Birgit.

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  33. That is a good film. I liked him in Six Days and Seven Nights.
    R

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  34. Oh, I LOVE that movie. I've seen it at least a hundred times.

    The book is great too. Good choice!

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  35. Thanks for sharing this one, I had forgotten all about it but do remember hearing when it was released that it was a great movie. I put it on our list!

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