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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 »
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No matter the cost, No matter the danger. They will find the truth.
Plot:
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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NewsDesk:
(24 articles)
TV Review: ‘Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders’
 (From Variety - TV News. 14 March 2016, 8:30 AM, PDT)

Is the most timely movie of 2015 a Blu-ray release of a movie from 1982?
 (From Hitfix. 30 September 2015, 6:00 AM, PDT)

Quiz: All About Liam Neeson
 (From Cineplex. 5 January 2015, 7:29 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
Street folks gotta eat too See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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
 
Location Management
Frawley Becker .... location manager
Marc Dassas .... location manager
Stephen Kern .... location coordinator
 
Music Department
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Tim Sexton .... executive in charge of music (as Timothy R. Sexton)
Eric Tomlinson .... music recordist
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lawrence Dove .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Eric Banz .... production assistant
Shelley A. Boylen .... production coordinator
Stanley Brossette .... unit publicist
Terry Dunn .... production assistant
Michael Jackman .... production assistant
Kevin Kertscher .... office production assistant
Veronica Miller .... location production accountant
 

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Runtime:
121 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Actor Liam Neeson lived in a Washington D.C. homeless shelter for two days to prepare for his role. The production notes for the film state that for his part as a deaf-dumb indigent who is charged with a grisly murder, in order to get a better idea of the life these people lead, actor Liam Neeson spent several nights sleeping in one of the Washington, D.C. area's men's shelters.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Kathleen Riley:I spend all of my day with murders and rapists, and what's really crazy, I like them.See more »
Movie Connections:
References To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)See more »

FAQ

What did the judge have in his past that would prohibit him from getting a politcal appointment?
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Street folks gotta eat too, 25 November 2001
Author: helpless_dancer from Broken Bow, Oklahoma

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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