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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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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 »

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Eddie Mallard: Why would you taker her WORD for it?
Charlie Rand: The dead, Eddie; they can't lie. They can try to fool you; they can lead you into lies; but they can't speak a lie with their own lips.
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Bemba Colora
Composed by José Claro Fumero (as Jose Claro Fumero)
Performed by Fania All Stars
Courtesy of Fania Records
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Intriguing Preview to, 'A Prairie Home Companion' [2006]...
11 December 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

I'm not certain how I missed Fonvielle's 'Gotham' (or 'The Dead Cant Lie', TV 1988) when it came out in the late 80's...I found this by accident, and enjoyed watching it late one night. I can't agree more with the other comments/reviews already listed praising this film. I have two suggestions though...one viewers can do nothing about, and one you can. Sadly the format is (made-for-TV) full-screen, and there are many instances during the film when it's painfully obvious that a wide-screen format would add immensely to the atmosphere and mood. There's not much you can do about that though; however, what you can do, is turn your TV's 'Color' off, or desaturate the color, and add a little 'Contrast', to enjoy this film in B/W ('film noir'). As for Fonvielle, his 'The Mummy' (1999) is also a fun-filled thrill not to be missed, and 'Cherry 2000' (1987) has Melanie Griffith in her finest form (maybe ever!). His other writing credits are worthy of mention, but both 'The Bride' (1985) and 'The Lords of Discipline' do not seem to have been given the production, or directorial justice, that Fonvielle's work deeply deserved. Watch 'Gotham' as an 80's tribute to classic film noir, and/or as an intriguing preview to 'A Prairie Home Companion' (2006).


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