As he has in the past, director Sidney Lumet shows he is a master of courtroom drama. His classics such as Twelve Angry Men and The Verdict are well-known and highly respected. In Guilty As Sin, the courtroom scenes and the intellectual psychological twists the two main characters play on each other are intriguing and interesting. The banter and foolish predicaments Jennifer Haines (Rebecca DeMornay) gets herself into strain the creditability of the film. Lumet also opts for a physical solution rather than an intellectual ending which lessens the impact of the mind game played throughout the film.
To Lumet's credit, he does not drag his heroine through long, dark hallways with the villain, David Greenhill (Con Johnson), chasing her. Johnson is chilling as a cold-blooded, slick, self-centered, vicious gigolo with a smoothly polished personality that he uses to support himself by getting money from women.
Jennifer is trapped into defending Greenhill, and as he maneuvers, she is caught further and further into his plot. Unable to remove herself from the case, she requests help from an old detective friend, Moe (Jack Warden), who discovers evidence that if exposed would convict Greenhill. Jennifer can't use the evidence beca;use he is her client and she is forced to decide if the vicious killer must be stopped at any cost.
The courtroom drama is compelling and is sufficient to make this a worthy, intriguing murder trial film.
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