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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Sanger
Judge Matthew Bishop Helms
Charlie Stella
Paul Gray
E. Katherine Kerr ...
Grace Comisky
Morty Rosenthal
Lisbeth Bartlett ...
Paul D'Amato ...
Bernie McInerney ...
Thomas Barbour ...
Justice Lowell
Katie O'Hare ...
Elizabeth Quinn
Justice Lowell's Secretary
Forensic Pathologist


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 <>

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


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


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sospechoso  »

Box Office


$18,782,400 (USA)

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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 »


At 1:23 into the movie, when she is checking keys against file cabinets at the Justice dept., the key won't fit into one of the file cabinets, then the key fits the very next one. This is minor but would not happen. Since the file cabinets are identical, they key would at least FIT the lock (though it wouldn't turn the lock mechanism) unless it were the correct key. For example....all Master Lock keys (of the same sort) will fit the intended item perfectly - it just won't unlock it unless the tumblers match. See more »


[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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Street folks gotta eat too
25 November 2001 | by (Broken Bow, Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Fine courtroom drama which appears to be about a small change murder involving a pair of street people. But is it? An attorney takes on the case and begins digging deep into the case when evidence turns up that suggests the culprit may have connections other than with simple street bums. Interesting and exciting, though improbable.

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