24 user 7 critic

Above Suspicion (1995)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 21 May 1995 (USA)
A paralyzed cop takes advantage of the sympathy he attracts in order to get rid of his cheating wife and her lover.



, (as W.H. Macy) | 1 more credit »

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A divorcee moves her family cross-country to take her paralyzed son to a pioneer neurosurgeon.

Director: Deborah Reinisch
Stars: Judith Light, Tom Irwin, Christopher Reeve
Rear Window (TV Movie 1998)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Modern remake of Rear Window in which the lead character is paralyzed and lives in a high-tech home filled with assistive technology.

Director: Jeff Bleckner
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Daryl Hannah, Robert Forster
Black Fox (TV Movie 1995)
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A former slave affects peace between Indian tribes and homesteaders in 1860s West Texas.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Raoul Max Trujillo, Tony Todd
Nightmare in the Daylight (TV Movie 1992)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A married Wisconsin teacher fears a Los Angeles lawyer who has mistaken her for his long-lost wife.

Director: Lou Antonio
Stars: Jaclyn Smith, Christopher Reeve, Tom Mason
Shattered (1991)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Dan Merrick comes out from a shattering car accident with amnesia. He finds that he is married to Judith who is trying to help him start his life again. He keeps getting flashbacks about ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Stars: Tom Berenger, Bob Hoskins, Greta Scacchi
Mortal Sins (TV Movie 1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A serial killer confesses to a priest, who becomes a suspect and a sleuth because he cannot tell the police.

Director: Bradford May
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Roxann Dawson, Francis Guinan
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Terry is having an affair with his boss' wife Sylvia. One night after an office party they are together and Sylvia witnesses an attack on Denise from Terry's bedroom window. She doesn't ... See full summary »

Director: Curtis Hanson
Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Elizabeth McGovern, Isabelle Huppert
The Sea Wolf (TV Movie 1993)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Jack London's brutal Wolf Larson brings a shipwrecked aristocrat and a con woman aboard his doomed ship, the Ghost.

Director: Michael Anderson
Stars: Charles Bronson, Catherine Mary Stewart, Marc Singer
Morning Glory (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An ex-convict who is on parole is accused of murdering a loose woman in the town where he works.

Director: Steven Hilliard Stern
Stars: Christopher Reeve, Deborah Raffin, Lloyd Bochner
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Realising his secret girlfriend Dorothy's pregnancy will sour her relations with her ultra-rich father, career-minded Philadelphia student Jonathan Corliss coolly murders her, making it ... See full summary »

Director: James Dearden
Stars: Matt Dillon, Sean Young, James Bonfanti
Bump in the Night (TV Movie 1991)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An ex-New York reporter fights alcoholism as she and her ex- husband search for their kidnapped son.

Director: Karen Arthur
Stars: Meredith Baxter, Christopher Reeve, Wings Hauser
Speechless (1994)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Two political speechwriters fall in love before they find out they are working for candidates on opposite sides.

Director: Ron Underwood
Stars: Michael Keaton, Geena Davis, Christopher Reeve


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dempsey Cain
Alan Rhinehart
Gail Cain
Nick Cain
Geoffrey Rivas ...
Pros. Atty. Schultz
Def. Atty. Wallace (as Natalia Nogulich)
Marty Levy ...
J.J. Johnston ...
Damon Cain
Jorge de La Paz


A Cop is paralysed in a shooting and unable to walk. His misfortune brings him sympathy which he uses to devise a plan to rid himself of his unfaithful wife and her lover. Written by Rob Hartill

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


They thought they could get away with murder. They thought they were... [Above Suspicion] See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sex scenes, language and violence | See all certifications »




Release Date:

21 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Rhinehart Theory  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


In this film, Christopher Reeve plays a paralyzed man. Six days after this film's theatrical release, Christopher Reeve broke his neck in a horse-riding accident, leaving him paralyzed for the rest of his life. See more »


When we cut back to the end of the judge's speech about the unexpected prosecution witness, the judge's lips aren't moving. See more »


Features My Favorite Brunette (1947) See more »


Written by Philip Bailey, Roxanne Seeman, & Chuck Wild
Performed by Scott Mayo (Saxophone)
(c) 1992 Noa-Noa Music (ASCAP), Life by Wild Music (BMI) and Sir & Trini Music (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Very Very Good
7 August 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A while ago I read in places that Above Suspicion was a sleeper hit in it's time and was a great film with twists and turns. It appeared on television the other night so I decided to give it a go and see what I made of it and after it finished I was in complete shock to actually have found a fantastic B movie thriller. I only know Christopher Reeve as Clark Kent so it was nice to see him in something else apart from that. At one point all the main characters in this I loved in one film or other. Of course reeve's in Superman, Kim Cattrall in Big Trouble in Little China and Joe Mantega in The Godfather Part 3 so to have them all together in one film was great and it worked on so many levels. It all begins with Reeve as a cop who goes out on a drug bust or something along those lines and he get's shot during it. He ends up paralysed from the waist down, becomes very depressed and decides that suicide is the only way out to cure his long and tiring depression, in steps his brother and wife played by Cattrall. He knows that killing himself will leave no insurance on his life to leave to his young son so he pleads with his wife and brother to shoot him in a staged robbery. I will not say no more as it will spoil the fun, but from there on in you are taken straight into a tale of deceit and murder. I still am very shocked to have seen how good it was considering it wasn't backed up by a big film studio so this is what we have to remember from now on. We may have to put up with some terrible B movies that are straight to video but there are some if not a lot of surprisingly good films out there with powerful stories. Keep an eye out and watch if you get the chance as you will not be disappointed, I promise you.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Before the accident? pubiruru
Was this movie released in theathers? redcom1984
DVD noeleclarke222
Question for any one who saw this when if first came out and then on DVD jillian.diamond
Discuss Above Suspicion (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: