Books: All Rise! Action!

For any lover of a novel turned into a movie, the book is always better. Turning the pages, the reader creates an ideal film version, with the perfect stars, shots and atmosphere. So when Alan J. Pakula set out to film Presumed Innocent, he knew he had to please not only this summer's moviegoers -- the film premieres July 27 -- but also the best seller's legions of fans.

Hollywood could not have cast a more suitable director. Serious and sensitive, with a trial lawyer's appetite for the telling detail, Pakula had brought two "unfilmable" books, All the President's Men and...

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