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Suspect (1987)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kathleen Riley
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Eddie Sanger
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Carl Wayne Anderson
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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
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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
Aaron Schwartz ...
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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deaf mute | murder | jury | suicide | judge | See more »

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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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Trivia

Liam Neeson lived in a Washington D.C. homeless shelter for two days to prepare for his role. 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

[Michael sneaks up behind Kathleen and holds a razor to her throat]
Michael: God is angry with the wicked! Why did you send the black devil for me?
Kathleen Riley: [stammering] Because Carl!
Michael: [interrupts] Carl has already been judged! The mighty hand struck him deaf and dumb.
[Michael continually jerks the razor around in a frenzied manor]
Kathleen Riley: [terrified] Okay.
Michael: Only the lord Jesus can take a soul. I saw the angel of death. I watched her die. I saw her spirit leave her body. She gave me a message from the Almighty. A key to the ...
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Entertaining, though formulaic and unexceptional...
29 June 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A no-frills role for Cher playing an over-worked Public Defender whose latest client (forced upon her by the court) is a homeless, deaf-mute male accused of murder. Still, this is a terrific Cher performance: focused, unselfish on the screen, and quite natural; she's charming without effort. Dennis Quaid is a decent match for her as a Capitol Hill lobbyist and juror who wants to help piece together the murder-mystery surrounding a female clerical assistant who had information regarding dirty doings in Washington, D.C. A fairly sophisticated yarn, though one cut straight from a formula. Director Peter Yates does well at keeping the pace lively, though some of the early moments with Quaid are confusing and the script is weighty with contrivances and red herrings. Builds to a strong climax and all the supporting performances are solid. *** from ****


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