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Cast

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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
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Walter
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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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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

One of three movies that starred Cher that were released in 1987. The films are Suspect (1987), Moonstruck (1987), and The Witches of Eastwick (1987). Cher was Oscar nominated for Moonstruck (1987) and won a Best Actress Academy Award for that film. See more »

Goofs

When Kathleen first realizes Carl is deaf and hands him a pen to write with, as she hands it to him and we are facing her it is top downwards in her hand, in the reverse shot it is top upwards with the cap on, as Carl takes the pen it is top upwards with the cap off. 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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Referenced in Reflections on Golden Pond (2003) See more »

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such a terrific film
7 January 2005 | by (boston mass. usa) – See all my reviews

i have just re-watched this film, maybe the 5th time since its release. What a treat!Smart, sexy,dynamic and compelling, socially relevant, with a good moral backbone.All the actors are spot-on. Cher easily convinces us of her serious attorney's commitment to helping society's outcasts;Liam Neeson in his first film role as the silent hulking Viet-vet street person accused of murder; Dennis Quaid at his cocky best as a razor-sharp lobbyist/juror, and John Mahoney and Philip Bosco. The screenplay ,directing and editing are all first rate.And if you pay attention, you can learn a lot about the inner workings of our government's congressional/lobbyist bedfellows and the scary fallibility of our justice system and its judges and lawyers. Some may think this is a piece of romance disguised as a get-into-your subconscious morality play, but i think it's just the opposite. How many films have you seen that convincingly made you put yourself into a street person's shoes and think about your attitudes towards them? I usually am close to agreeing with the IMDb average vote on a film, but not this time. For me, this is a real 10.


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