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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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such a terrific film See more (39 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
Gail Harvey .... still photographer
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
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
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
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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Original promotional title logos for the film formed the letter "t" in the movie's Suspect (1987) title out of an image of a judge's gavel.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV)See more »

FAQ

What did the judge have in his past that would prohibit him from getting a politcal appointment?
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
such a terrific film, 7 January 2005
Author: film_ophile from boston mass. usa

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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