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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Sanger
Judge Matthew Bishop Helms
Charlie Stella
Paul Gray
Grace Comisky
Morty Rosenthal
Lisbeth Bartlett ...
Paul D'Amato ...
Bernie McInerney ...
Thomas Barbour ...
Justice Lowell
Katie O'Hare ...
Elizabeth Quinn
Justice Lowell's Secretary
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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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No matter the cost, No matter the danger. They will find the truth.


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Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sospechoso  »

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$18,782,400 (USA)

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Producer Daniel A. Sherkow said of this film's production: "It was important for us not only to look at Washington visually but to be able to shoot here so that the sense of the city was always in our minds, even if we were doing interiors. Also, because of the tremendous cooperation of the government, both on a local and federal level, we were given access to places that would have been impossible to replicate on a stage". See more »


During a scene in court, the color of Kathleen's suit changes. See more »


Kathleen Riley: I spend all of my day with murders and rapists, and what's really crazy, I like them.
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More of a courtroom drama than a thriller
5 May 1999 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

Exciting, suspenseful and tightly woven suspense drama.

Cher proves she can ACT.

You probably will not immediately recognize Liam Neeson in the role of the deaf, mute, shell-shocked Carl Wayne Anderson.

For someone that does not speak for the entire film he turns in a stellar performance.

Dennis Quaid is very good as the juror that steps outside his assigned duties as a juror and becomes a detective.

Also John Mahoney is almost unrecognizable as Judge Matthew Helms -- a polar opposite from his "Frasier" character.

When I spoke to Tom Barbour (Justice Lowell in this film, stage actor and the father of Dudley Moore in the "Arthur" movies) he said when he got the script he was thrilled -- the film opens with him, it took place in his office, he had every other line, and then on page three -- well I guess you will just have to see it.

Surprise ending goes right up to the last couple of minutes -- prepare to be shocked.

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