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  • Jun 6, 2000
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"The problem with committing perfect murders is that you can't tell anyone".... so says Johnson to DeMornay. This was truly a strange movie. Don Johnson plays a bad guy and Rebecca DeMornay plays a good guy - complete role reversals.

Johnson holds down the part of a male ‘ho, no other way to see it. Accused of the murder of his wife, he contacts DeMornay to defend him. She at first believes him, then doesn't, realizing he may just a little more psychotic than he at first appears. In the end, who is stalking who?

I have always considered Johnson a weak actor, never cared for him in anything he did. Wasn't really impressed with his singing either. In fact, his most redeeming quality was his affair with Streisand and be blew that - hmmm, maybe I'm prejudice? He has a fair amount of good boy WASPish charm to him, similar to Redford, but not enough character to pull it off. But I will say one thing, he played a chilling psychotic. The fact that he could sit there in that well tailored suit and stare DeMornay in the eye and say what he did could make your blood run cold. Of course, had it been, say DeNiro, it would have been better.

DeMornay should stay on the evil side of the fence as in Hand that Rocks the Cradle because she has eyes that beg to glitter with malice. Other than the fact that she has a fantastic body and a beautiful face (and really great clothes) in this movie, I always felt like I was leaning forward trying to nudge her part out of her. Perhaps I have type-cast her and can't accept her in this passive mode but I really felt she lacked punch in this movie. I've seen her in other parts where she practically sizzles but felt no electricity in this one.

Jack Warden as her investigator/mentor/father figure is a strange combination of Perry Mason and Columbo. A little sharp and edgy but also a bumbling idiot. Smart enough to get the goods but too damn dumb to deliver. And Stephen Lang as her stupid, self-centered, simpering boyfriend - get him and his poofy hairdo off the frigging screen.

I just didn't feel that the director/producer/writer put enough effort into this production to give the story any credit. They never really gave any of the characters any backbone, didn't really develop the thread of the story and tried to inject too many unbelievable ideals into it.

So, you wonder, how could I give this movie a three star rating when apparently I didn't care for anything about it? I like the idea of the movie, the possibilities it presents, the fact that these things are quite possible. I like the feeling of the movie, the idea that there is probably someone out there right now committing these crimes with no DeMornay to confess to. There was enough suspense and certainly enough questions ..... and I wonder ..... did he kill because he stalked her or did he stalk her because he killed?


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In the Sidney Lumet-directed GUILTY AS SIN, Jennifer Baines (Rebecca De Morney) and David Greenhill (Don Johnson) face off over a gruesome murder case in this deep, dark, steamy courtroom drama.
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Director: Sidney Lumet
Release Date: 1993
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: Buena Vista Home Entertainment (July 01, 2003)
Runtime: 1hr 47min
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