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Suspect (1987)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  23 October 1987 (USA)
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A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder. Public defender Kathleen is assigned by the court as his ... See full summary »

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Eddie Sanger
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Judge Matthew Bishop Helms
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Charlie Stella
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Paul Gray
E. Katherine Kerr ...
Grace Comisky
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Morty Rosenthal
Lisbeth Bartlett ...
Marilyn
Paul D'Amato ...
Michael
Bernie McInerney ...
Walter
Thomas Barbour ...
Justice Lowell
Katie O'Hare ...
Elizabeth Quinn
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Justice Lowell's Secretary
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Forensic Pathologist
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A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder. Public defender Kathleen is assigned by the court as his lawyer. She sets to find the real killer, and gets help from the congressional advisor, Eddie Sanger who is called to be on the jury panel. Together they discover a dangerous circle of corruption in high places. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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jury | deaf mute | suicide | judge | murder | See All (74) »

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No matter the cost, No matter the danger. They will find the truth.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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23 October 1987 (USA)  »

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Sospechoso  »

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$18,782,400 (USA)
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Trivia

Some movie posters featured a long blurb that read: "She's a lawyer who broke two laws of her profession . . . Never get involved with a juror and never look for clues in dangerous places". See more »

Goofs

When Kathleen writes "HELP ME" on the chalkboard it is roughly in the center of the board and written somewhat lightly. A few seconds later as the suspect is writing, the words "HELP ME" are now way over to the right, written much darker and is not in the same handwriting. See more »

Quotes

Kathleen Riley: I spend all of my day with murders and rapists, and what's really crazy, I like them.
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Good story and performances
18 May 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

I had missed this film during the many years since it was made, and caught it by chance on a Friday afternoon, after a particularly long and hectic week.

I thought I might nod off, but instead I found myself engrossed in it very soon. It has some far-fetched aspects, and as the "goofs" section in this site points out, it wouldn't have been tried in a federal court, but in the local D.C. courts. However, given the rather surprise ending, this would be a necessary variation, given its circumstances.

Cher is not a person whom you reference when thinking of leading, versatile actresses -- but this isn't so. This serious role, as well as a different type in the excellent "Moonstruck," display both her competence and versatility. Dennis Quaid is always excellent, and a favorite of mine, and the remaining cast were as well. John Mahoney's performance is well-delivered, and an interesting performance, in contrast with his more pleasant persona in "Moonstruck," also -- and particularly juxtaposed with his likable presence in the long-running "Frasier" series.

As another pointed-out, there is a surprise ending, if somewhat more abrupt than seems necessary.

But overall, an interesting, entertaining film.


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