Bonnie Bedelia in “Presumed Innocent”

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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.

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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

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4 thoughts on “Bonnie Bedelia in “Presumed Innocent”

  1. I was supposed to be IN this movie – an extra in a banquet scene, but in it nonetheless. I was rejected because, shades of things to come, I could not prove I was an American citizen. Oh well. I later read the book and figured it out in one of the early chapters then thought, how delicious for the writer to misdirect me to this solution. It MUST be someone else. It wasn’t…

  2. Turow’s villains, incompetents and/or corrupt figures are either black (the judge, the protected thug) or Japanese-American (the medical examiner) and the judge is on what would now be called “the down-low,” so he’s both corrupt AND prevaricating. That’s my immediate memory of he book’s prejudices – there may have been more in the novel that I’ve forgotten. But those characters are most certainly in the movie, pretty much as originally written.

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