A coverup and witchhunt occur after a politician accidentally kills his mistress.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Senator Duvall
Sam Hesselman
Jason Bernard ...
Major Donovan
Nina Beka
Kevin O'Brien
Contra #1
Chris D. ...
Contra #2
Michael Shillo ...
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Tom Farrell is a navy officer who gets posted at the Pentagon and is to report to the secretary of defense David Brice. He starts an affair with Susan Atwell not knowing that she is Brice's mistress. When Susan is found dead, Tom is assigned to the case of finding the killer who is believed to be a KGB mole! Tom could soon become a suspect when a Polaroid negative of him was found at Susan's place. He now has only a few hours to find the killer before the computer regenerates the photo. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

14 August 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deceit  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)


$35,509,515 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Kevin Costner performed most of his own stunts. He even drove without wearing his prescription glasses, much to the dismay of the film's insurance company. See more »


The Polaroid camera used by Susan to take Tom's picture makes the sound of an SX-70 model's auto eject, but is an older model with a manual film extract. See more »


Defense Secretary David Brice: [as he strangles Susan] You tell me who it is!
Susan Atwell: He's not a PIG like you!
[Brice punches Susan in the face making her scream and fall to her death]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear in orange and then disappear, similar to the reconstruction process for the incriminating photograph of Tom. See more »


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By Rod Stewart and Carmine Appice
Published by WB Music Corp. & Nite Stalk Music and Rod Stewart
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An Underrated Masterpiece !
28 May 2005 | by (Eden) – See all my reviews

I don't think I can ever remember a movie quite like this. It has hooks in it that are so refreshing and unexpected. It has performances that are just brilliant. Moreover, it is a movie in which Kevin Costner looks at his most natural best. The story basically revolves around Costner's character trying to discover who killed his lover, before he is framed for it. Of course, he is trying to do this in a closed off Pentagon building while eyewitnesses are being brought in just to point out him. Of course, you have side stories going on everywhere. I don't want to give away any of the little switches or the big one. I will just say, that if you want to see a well done thriller, this is it. Great movie!

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