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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
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Grace Comisky
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Morty Rosenthal
Lisbeth Bartlett ...
Marilyn
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Michael
Bernie McInerney ...
Walter
Thomas Barbour ...
Justice Lowell
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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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$18,782,400 (USA)
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Second of two movies directed by Peter Yates with a legal term title. The films are Eyewitness (1981) and Suspect (1987). See more »

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When Kathleen realizes Carl is deaf she gives him a pen to write his answers on a notepad. Since he has been put into restraints she has to loosen the one for his hand to write with. Even though she has no way of knowing, she automatically assumed he was left handed and loosened the restraint for his left hand, even though it would have made more sense for her to assume he would be right handed. (Liam Neeson, who plays Carl, is left handed). See more »

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Parking Lot Attendant: [Kathleen has broken into Elizabeth Quinn's car to find evidence] Hey, lady, what do you think you're doing?
Kathleen Riley: [caught off guard] I was her friend.
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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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