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Suspect -- Cher stars as a public defender assigned to defend a homeless man after a Washington, D.C., judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered. With lobbyist/juror Dennis Quaid, she discovers corruption in high places while violating the laws of the court.


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Release Date:
23 October 1987 (USA) See more »
No matter the cost, No matter the danger. They will find the truth.
A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder... See more » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cher ... Kathleen Riley

Dennis Quaid ... Eddie Sanger

Liam Neeson ... Carl Wayne Anderson

John Mahoney ... Judge Matthew Bishop Helms

Joe Mantegna ... Charlie Stella

Philip Bosco ... Paul Gray
E. Katherine Kerr ... Grace Comisky

Fred Melamed ... Morty Rosenthal
Lisbeth Bartlett ... Marilyn
Paul D'Amato ... Michael
Bernie McInerney ... Walter
Thomas Barbour ... Justice Lowell
Katie O'Hare ... Elizabeth Quinn

Rosemary Knower ... Justice Lowell's Secretary

Aaron Schwartz ... Forensic Pathologist
Lloyd White ... Detective
Myra Taylor ... April

Bill Cobbs ... Judge Franklin
Sam Gray ... Judge Louis Weiss

Richard Gant ... Everett Bennett

Sandi Ross ... Doris / Video Typist
Paul De La Rosa ... Helms' Court Clerk
Siona Dixon ... Helms' Court Steno
Gene Mack ... Helms' Court Marshal
Jim Walton ... Helms' Court Marshal
Stefan Graham ... Marvin Johnson

Robert Walsh ... Club Congressman
Edwin M. Adams ... Congressman

Michael Beach ... Parking Lot Attendant
Prudence Barry ... Bag Lady at River
Carl Jackson ... Depot Derelict
Billy Williams ... Dr. Alan Alpert

Tony Craig ... Hotel Marshall
Sandra Bowe ... Public Defender's Office Client

Frederick Strother ... Public Defender's Office Client
Jaye Tyrone Stewart ... Jailer
Paul Hjelmervik ... Court Marshal
Ralph Cosham ... Judge Assel Stewart
Wendy E. Taylor ... Security Guard
R.R. Coleman ... Arraignment Court Clerk
Djanet Sears ... Message Clerk
Jack Jessop ... Mr. Davis
Diane Marie L. Tomajczyk ... Secretary
Richard Bertone ... Clerk
Laura J. Dalton ... Clerk
Ewart Everard Williams ... Anthony Hall
Gregory McKinney ... Plainclothes Cop
Michael Emmet ... Waiter
Darryl Palmer ... Assistant U.S. Attorney
David Lyle ... Morty's Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tipper Burton ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Yates 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eric Roth 

Produced by
Jennifer Ogden .... associate producer
Daniel A. Sherkow .... producer
John Veitch .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Billy Williams 
Film Editing by
Ray Lovejoy 
Casting by
Karen Hazzard 
Production Design by
Stuart Wurtzel 
Art Direction by
Tony Hall 
Steven P. Sardanis  (as Steve Sardanis)
Costume Design by
Rita Ryack 
Makeup Department
Leonard Engelman .... makeup artist: Cher
Production Management
Michael MacDonald .... production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matt Bearson .... additional second assistant director
Brian Dennis .... third assistant director
Carol Green .... second assistant director
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director
Wendy Ross .... second assistant director (as Wendy A. Ross)
Brian Whitley .... additional second assistant director
Art Department
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... property master
David L. Glazer .... assistant property master
Matthew Lammerich .... key scenic artist
Erik L. Nelson .... property master
Michael Taylor .... lead man
Sound Department
Don Sharpe .... supervising sound editor
John Motyer .... boom operator (uncredited)
Lisa Dalton .... stunts (as Lisa Loving)
Kirk Elam .... stunts (as Kirk A. Elam)
Hannah Kozak .... stunt double: Cher
Rick Sawaya .... stunts
Jeff Smolek .... stunt coordinator
Jerry Wills .... stunts
James Winburn .... stunts (as James B. Winburn)
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Coelho .... bestboy
Gail Harvey .... still photographer
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
Richard Quinlan .... gaffer
Scott Rathner .... additional second assistant camera
Bob Rose .... key grip (as Bobby Rose)
Neil Seale .... camera operator: "b" camera
Sandy Williams .... dolly operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe
Mary Elizabeth Still .... ladies costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Simon Harris .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe
Timothy R. Sexton .... executive in charge of music
Transportation Department
Lawrence Dove .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Eric Banz .... production assistant
Frawley Becker .... location manager
Shelley A. Boylen .... production coordinator
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist
Marc Dassas .... location manager
Terry Dunn .... production assistant
Michael Jackman .... production assistant
Stephen Kern .... location coordinator
Kevin Kertscher .... office production assistant
Veronica Miller .... location production accountant

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121 min
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One of three motion pictures that starred Cher that were first released in the year of 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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
Kathleen Riley:I spend all of my day with murders and rapists, and what's really crazy, I like them.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV)See more »


What did the judge have in his past that would prohibit him from getting a politcal appointment?
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24 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Cher surprises, 27 May 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

Before watching this movie I had some serious doubts about it. Not only is this a courtroom drama (and as you know the streets of Hollywood seem to be paved with this kind of scripts), it also featured Cher as one of the main actresses. I'm not really a fan of her as a singer, but seeing her as a good actress is even a lot harder. As you know, almost all pop diva's, young or old, seem to have that urge to appear in one or two movies and that almost always results in complete disasters. So why would Cher be any different...?

When a judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered in a river, a homeless and deaf-mute man, named Carl Anderson, is arrested for her murder, because all indirect evidence points to him. Because he can't afford a lawyer, public defender Kathleen Riley is assigned by the court as his lawyer. Even though she doesn't always believes in his innocence, she still goes after the real killer. She gets help from the congressional adviser Eddie Sanger, who is called to be on the jury panel and together they find some important evidence that the murder has something to do with corruption in some high ranks...

I must admit that Cher has done a better job than I ever expected from her. She actually was very convincing and interesting to watch as the public defender. Together with Liam Neeson she makes this movie work. Their nice performances and their difficult professional relationship in this movie are actually the best thing this movie has to offer. The story on itself certainly isn't that bad, but the plot is a bit far-fetched and gives this movie an ending that is a bit too abrupt.

In the end this is a reasonably well-done courtroom drama / thriller that lacks the required tension to be fully satisfying, but which offers some nice acting and some good direction. It's not the best movie in the genre, but it is enjoyable enough to be worth a watch. I give it a 6.5/10.

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