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Complete credited cast:
Eddie Mallard
Rachel Carlyle
Colin Bruce ...
Charlie Rand
Kevin Jarre ...
Father George
Michael Chapman ...
Alec Willows ...
Jack Creley ...
Peter Jobin ...
Michael Villella ...
Cop (as Michael Villela)
David Cryer ...
Molly Johnson ...
Female Singer
Hugh McCarten ...
Piano Player


Eddie is a private detective. When a client asks him to help persuade his ex-wife to leave him alone, Eddie says yes. Nothing strange about that ?, well 'ex' refers to the fact that she died 10 years ago. Eddie thinks this will be an 'easy money' case, but soon falls for the beautiful woman who insists she's no ghost. Is she, or isn't she ?. Watch and find out. Written by Rob Hartill

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Some Passions Can Be Deadly




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21 August 1988 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dead Can't Lie  »

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The address which Rachel gives Eddie - 330 Central Park West - does not, and could not exist in reality, as all residences on Central Park West have odd-numbered addresses. The even-numbered address side of the street is actually the side of the street that Central Park borders. See more »


Rachel Carlyle: I'm gonna be VERY disappointed if I find out you're telling me the truth.
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Danny Boy
Composed by Frederick Edward Weatherly (as Frederic E. Weatherly)
Performed by J.B. White (uncredited)
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Gotham A rare find
28 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gotham usually gets confused with that city-with-a-comic-book-superhero in it. This is a horrible thing for such a terrific movie. It has nothing to do with that comic book! If you love film noir, and can actually FIND this movie(also known as "The Dead Can't Lie")-probably only on a VHS, then you'll be sorry if you DON'T get it!

I love this film because there are so many new things to find each time I watch it. It is a show about a Private Eye who is down on his luck until a man offers him an assignment no one else will take. His job is to find this man's ex-wife, who is continuously stalking him, and try to get her to cease and desist. The problem? She has been dead for 10 years! NO- this isn't some cheesy ghost story,and this is no comedy! It really sucks you in, and leaves you wanting to watch it again. I found Gotham to be an eerie yet believable film which still haunts me every time!!

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