Guilty As Sin

 (558)5.61 h 47 min1993R
A hot-shot criminal defense attorney is caught in a web of manipulation by her smooth-talking playboy client accused of murder. She is forced to protect her client's rights -- and how far she should go to protect her life.
Sidney Lumet
Rebecca De MornayDon JohnsonStephen Lang
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Jack Warden
Martin Ransohoff
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DafReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
The crew can't agree what type of movie they're making
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Seems obvious the screenwriter was aiming for "Basic Instinct With a Dude This Time" and Don Johnson definitely seems to be channeling Sharon Stone in his performance of the scheming gigolo. But director Sidney Lumet and lead actress Rebecca DeMornay seem to be trying to make a much more grounded movie, which leaves Johnson looking goofy while chewing scenery and DeMornay looking unconvincing trying to appear terrified of him. Instead, her character would be more believable had she played it as simply annoyed and frustrated for having such an obvious loser get the better of her. 'Guilty As Sin' is still fun enough to kill an afternoon with, but just expect to say "Oh come on!" to the screen a lot.

Random tidbits: - DeMornay looks a LOT like Naomi Watts here. - The climax is very abrupt and screams "we changed the ending in the editing room". - Johnson's performance reminds me a lot of Alec Baldwin's in 'Malice' from the same year and I think Baldwin might have been able to bring this role down to earth if he had the part; though we'd still be left with a cast and director taking an over-the-top, pulpy script WAY too seriously.
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LSofSactoReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
terrible movie
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Saw this movie a long time ago, why. Wife and I were longing for old stuff to watch and came across this. Between slick boy Don Johnson and Rebecca's acting we couldn't get though it. About a third of the way in I turned it off. Try "Copy-Cat" with Sigourney Weaver, much better movie, imo.
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Michigan JeffReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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This movie showcases very well the acting talents of the beautiful Rebecca De Mornay just one year after her role in "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle". The handsome actor Don Johnson is very well cast in one of his few silver screen leading roles. Also, the versatile actor Stephen Lang displays his great talent as a member of the supporting cast, long before he appeared in more leading roles (like "Gettysburg" and "Public Enemies"). The excellent pace of the twists and turns of this crime and pyschological mystery---both within and outside the courtroom---will leave you in suspense and wide awake until the very end! I strongly recommend this "sleeper" as an addition to anyone's home DVD collection!
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on October 2, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved it!
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Oh, so they're not the best actors in the world, I like Rebecca de Mornay and Don Johnson in anything. The plot was engaging and had a few surprises and some creepiness in it and I love a good ending. Deeply satisfying. A fun Saturday night throwback to the 80s? 90s? Doesn't matter. It's good entertainment. I recommend it.
Roger J. BuffingtonReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good legal thriller
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Rebecca De Mornay and Don Johnson both turn in superb performances in this gripping legal thriller. Johnson plays the role of a thoroughly despicable human being accused of murdering his wife. De Mornay is his defense attorney, experiencing what all attorneys fear--the Client From Hell. More would be telling, but this is a really gripping film.

De Mornay turns in a really fine performance, and I like her a lot anyway; she has great presence on the silver screen. Don Johnson did a really good job playing the cad; I had never seen him in this kind of role before, and he pulled it off very well.

The film moves at a fast pace, and there are no dead spots in the middle where the story drags. It engages the viewer from the first scene to the last, with no letup at all. My only criticism of the film is that I found that there were really not much in the way of surprises--you can see where this one is going pretty much throughout. But that is all right; this is still a very gripping film.

This film shows that we should really be seeing (and should already have seen) more of both Rebecca De Mornay and Don Johnson in films to come. Both actors seem underused.
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Tom SReviewed in the United States on April 17, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surperb Crime Drama
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The beautiful Rebecca De Mornay is dazzling as a brilliant defense attorney, hand picked by the diabolical murderer, Don Johnson. His magnetic attraction, which women find irresitable, endures him to she and others, who leap to assist him, against the apparent murder of his wife. The lengths that he goes to, to keep her as his defense attorney, is diabolical and surprising. The ending is shocking, but very effective. If you like real puzzlers and on the edge of your seat movies, you will love this movie.
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Rachel AvilaReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great suspense movie
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Both actors are very good and Don Johnson is very easy on the eyes, not to mention did a very, very good job as a movie actor. Rebecca De Mornay and Don Johnson both are very good in this suspenseful and always on edge of what's coming next. I do recommend. Thank you
CatReviewed in the United States on August 24, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
This DVD stops playing 10 minutes into the film Says "can't read disc"
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The only thing I didn't like was that it stopped playing...I will try to buy another one as soon as you get this one back. My question is now, can I still use the label that was sent or did it run out (it said it was good for only 14
days) and if I need a new label, can one be sent to me via mail, not email. As I've said before, my printer is not working and I can't print a thing. Hope to hear from you soon,
Thank you so much,
Cathy T
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