IMDb > Suspect (1987)
Suspect
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Suspect (1987) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 25 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.6/10   6,042 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 8% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writer:
Contact:
View company contact information for Suspect on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
23 October 1987 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Underrated Courtroom Drama Where the Homeless Meet the Political Elite 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
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
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
121 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Kathleen writes "HELP ME" on the chalkboard it is roughly in the center of the board and written somewhat lightly. A few seconds later as the suspect is writing, the words "HELP ME" are now way over to the right, written much darker and is not in the same handwriting.See more »
Quotes:
Parking Lot Attendant:[Kathleen has broken into Elizabeth Quinn's car to find evidence] Hey, lady, what do you think you're doing?
Kathleen Riley:[caught off guard] I was her friend.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Reflections on Golden Pond (2003) (V)See more »

FAQ

What did the judge have in his past that would prohibit him from getting a politcal appointment?
See more »
6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Underrated Courtroom Drama Where the Homeless Meet the Political Elite, 23 March 2008
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

Anyone who thinks that the United States legal justice system is fair and balanced has been watching too many movies. The poor and the marginalized get convicted and the rich and elite drive away from the courthouse. It's largely a matter of the size of the pocketbook. And it's still amazing how many innocent people are locked away with almost no hope of getting out. "Suspect" is how about a how a homeless man (Liam Neesom) and his public defender (Cher) find themselves in a case that has much larger ramifications than a simple matter of did a homeless person murder the victim for $9.

The aspect that makes this movie a gem is the fine acting: Cher as the overworked and underpaid public defender, Liam Neeson as the deaf/mute defendant in one of his first major roles, Dennis Quaid as a sexy lobbyist (often messing around with congresswomen to get votes for his industry) turned juror turned amateur sleuth, and John Mahoney as the stoic judge at the trial. A lot of it is pure fantasy but the moments in the courtroom are actually very much like a real courtroom in its obsessiveness with procedure and protocol.

The story begins with the suicide of a prominent Supreme Court Justice and the subsequent murder of his assistant who has been slashed to death. When police investigate the surrounding area, they find a homeless man sporting a knife and in possession of the victim's wallet which contained a king's ransom: $9. Cher is appointed to take the case, and Quaid ends up becoming one of the jurors. Because of the suicide at the beginning of the film, Judge Helms (Mahoney) becomes one of the people on the US President's short list to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Helms requests to preside over the murder case to free up his later schedule in order that he be considered for the vacancy.

Several scenes take us into the bowels of the homeless of Washington DC. We see a lot of lawyers, a lot of law libraries and a lot of knives. Every homeless person appears to wield a knife. Cher with the unlawful help of Quaid (lawyers and jurors in the same trial are not supposed to commiserate, let alone team up) stumbles upon some evidence that makes the case much more complex. A thoroughly enjoyable courtroom drama with enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat, and an interesting commentary on the justice system and how it handles the poor and the homeless. Unfortunately, public defenders are probably not as successful as Cher appears to be.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (40 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Suspect (1987)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
extremely underrated luigilar
typewriter question tinyhammer4
ending was hateful ownerbluesky
Question regarding the Judge in the movie, 'Suspect' vinceleonard
Lisbeth Bartlett NeelieLyn
Clues (spoilers) subcelestial-1
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
I Confess Special Agent K-7 Fury The Lady from Shanghai Conviction
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.