Guilty as Charged Film Details
Overview: A female parole officer discovers a secret death row prison under a meat plant, that’s being run by the plant’s unhinged vigilante owner and his reverend friend. A politician with a shady past becomes its latest “guest”. But is he gu
Tagline: People Who Are Getting Away With Murder Are In For A Big Shock.
Review: This one got me saying; not all the famous movies are great, and not all the great movies are famous. At first, I thought my eyes doing me tricks when I read in the TV guide that “this is a comedy starring Rod Steiger”. To the best of my knowledge at the time, the 2 words “comedy” and “Steiger” couldn’t be put together anytime. But they were. And it was so right time. You’ll never remember the low budget, and the un-great performance of some of the supporting actors, because the whole thing is rich. The set of (Kallin)’s prison is so expressive. This type of (Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari – 1920) wasn’t usually seen in American movies since epochs, so how about using it in a comedy. The editing kept a brisk character for the movie while not sacrificing the serious parts. The direction did a perfect job, having a crazy sense of humor, and an accurate taste to balance the work; making a kind of first “guilty superhero” movie, a wonderful black comedy, and a shrewd vision about the value of justice not in today’s societies but in general. It managed to show maybe all the colors of justice. The politicians’ one; corrupted as them, executing their dirty hidden aims, needing a real one to fix things up. The businessmen’s one; as the same as the politicians’, a subjective tool to terminate competitors for purely materialistic aims. And the religious vigilante’s one; however, it inclined to be deranged and unfair, according to its doer’s mentality. As you see, there is no complete human justice. And that’s the best meaning this movie says. It shows brilliantly that justice is, and will always be, as imperfect as the human being, no matter how honest can he reach. Which leads us to that script. It’s a memorable victory. Not only for achieving all of the above smartly, but also for shaping it as a catchy, fast-pacing, movie that has: new, mysteries and attractive hero, tight plot, bittersweet short lines, hot unpredictable events, rescue in the nick of time, a twist at the end, and a meaningfully sarcastic finale. That’s something which by watching many movies you’ll get how rare it is. Rod Steiger was magnificent. He played his character as a mix of lunatic judge, the last righteous man on earth, a wounded husband and father, and a bizarre comic superhero all in the same time, I just hated his wig! Heather Graham wasn’t the eye candy; she delivered a nice performance. Choosing Isaac Hayes was a masterstroke; he portrayed (Aloysius) as a man in the middle of being a kindhearted priest and a terrifying mentally-handicapped, his walk reminded me of Dracula’s minion. Zelda Rubinstein was a fine point for the benefit of the casting; she’s always funny and weird; exactly like this movie! I never liked Lauren Hutton, though the movie uses her abominable presence well. The actors who did the roles of the politician and the heroine’s boyfriend were less forceful, and suffered from being lackluster amongst this celebration of charisma around them. There are small touches that dazzled me along the way; such as the design of the electric chair, the sudden appearances – or nearly crashes – of (Kallin) totally unexpectedly, his hilarious lines being delivered so seriously: “What kind of monster you think I am?!” (talking about killing a prisoner earlier rather than putting him with another in one cell!), and overall how this movie merged every smile with a jolt. Despite being unheard of, I’m sure it’ll win the rank of classic over the years, deserving it best. Here’s a movie that refutes the Hollywood term “big”. Because it could defeat many of their so-called “big” blockbusters, fulfilling being deep and enjoyable in the same time. Now to all the Hollywood community, along with Hollywood die-hard fans,: low budget movie doesn’t necessarily mean low movie. It can’t be prettier with that wicked satirical finale, in which all the idealistic and well-meaning minions work under the authority of a new justice-executer / the immoral businesswomen. It’s more than clear what side the movie refers to, concerning who really defines the justice in America of today!
Country: United States
Duration: 95 min
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Also known as: The Chair,Syyllinen, syyllisempi,Prisoners,Guilty as Charged,Verdetto: colpevole,Villamosszék Kft.,Krzesło,Pedepse capitale,Justiceiro a Domicílio