By Scott Ross
Every few years, from the late 1960s (They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Loves and Other Strangers) through the late 1980s (Die Hard), Bonnie Bedelia seemed eternally poised on the brink of stardom. Why it never happened is one of those mysteries understood perhaps only by casting directors, studio heads and the Hollywood gods.
As Harrison Ford’s seemingly placid wife in the problematic but effective Presumed Innocent, she had a great monologue sequence at the end that turned into one of the most startling, and emotionally plangent, surprise endings in recent movie memory.
Text copyright 2014 by Scott Ross