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Presumed Innocent
(1990)
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Varèse Sarabande
(October 26th, 1990)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are open to the idea of hearing a rare, but brilliant entry into the genre of minimalistic suspense by the legendary John Williams.

Avoid it... if you consider Williams' sparsely understated and thematically fragmented scores to be unimpressive and boring.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #460
WRITTEN 9/24/96, REVISED 8/18/08
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Presumed Innocent: (John Williams) Director Alan J. Pakula's adaptation of Scott Turow's best-selling novel placed Harrison Ford in a role that was becoming more familiar to him with each passing project. While many will recall his action films before all others, serious movie-goers can remember Ford's phase during which he adequately, if not brilliantly, portrayed a scared man. From Frantic to The Fugitive, Ford successfully expanded his career into the realm of thrillers, with the 1990 film Presumed Innocent representing perhaps the pinnacle of such work. Pakula's storied, but sparse career included a working relationship with composer Michael Small in earlier entries and finished its span of thirty years with contributions by James Horner for the two pictures immediately preceding his death in 1998. Surprisingly, Presumed Innocent would be the director's only film featuring the music of film score legend John Williams. The maestro was about to embark on yet another decade of spectacular film scores, finishing the previous year with multiple Academy Award-nominated works and well on his way into another phase of massive adventure scores of considerable quality. Steamy, adult thrillers weren't among the usual assignments for Williams, whose scores at the time resided closer to more traditional drama and, even more still, action genres. Thus, Presumed Innocent distinguishes itself as a rare stylistic departure for Williams, one that he would unfortunately not further investigate later in the decade. Most Williams fans tend to be perpetually overwhelmed by the composer's ability to present a score that stands well as both its own formidable force in his films on one side and a spectacular album on the other. Differing in its intent is Presumed Innocent, however, and the score's underwhelming aim has often led to its demise in the opinions of film music reviewers. To say that Presumed Innocent is Williams' forgotten masterpiece would be slightly misleading given that so many of his fans and collectors strangely consider the score to be unimpressive, if not boring. Such critics and fans should take another listen to Presumed Innocent, because wrestling within its contents is one of Williams' most skilled presentations of harmony versus disharmony, good versus evil, and confusion versus resolution.

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Jeremy - June 20, 2008, at 8:56 p.m.
2 comments  (1731 views)
Newest: January 23, 2011, at 8:03 p.m.by Anon
Michael Small/Alan Pakula
David - December 3, 2003, at 8:41 p.m.
1 comment  (2209 views)
Very underrated Williams score
Gordon Selvig - August 4, 2003, at 4:20 p.m.
1 comment  (2393 views)
What about Michael Small?
Gustavo Joseph - August 3, 2003, at 6:31 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 43:27
• 1. Presumed Innocent (4:10)
• 2. Remembering Carolyn (2:17)
• 3. Family Life (1:30)
• 4. Love Scene (4:06)
• 5. The B File (3:28)
• 6. The Bedroom Scene (4:20)
• 7. Carolyn's Office (3:24)
• 8. "Leon Talks" (1:59)
• 9. Rusty Accused (2:07)
• 10. Case Dismissed (1:53)
• 11. The Boat Scene (2:15)
• 12. The Basement Scene (2:55)
• 13. Barbara's Confession (5:17)
• 14. End Credits (4:03)

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The insert includes a short note about the score.
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