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Above Suspicion (1995)

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



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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

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


Drama | Thriller

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




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21 May 1995 (USA)  »

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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)
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Brilliant Thriller
2 December 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Christopher Reeve had starred in some good thrillers when he wasn't flying around as Superman. This is a gripping thriller for him.

Reeve plays a top detective Dempsey Cain who is paralyzed after a drugs operation. Thus, he resigns himself to life in a wheelchair but that is when things get going. Also, Dempsey's brother and wife have been having an affair and now that he is paralyzed, he may just notice what has been going on...

I cannot say any more. The film has such twists that if I say anything more I will end up giving it away. I cannot even go into detail about Joe Mantegna's role without potentially spoiling it. I urge you to watch the movie and be prepared for a real twist. If you like thrillers that involve murder and adultery, then this is the one for you.

This was Reeve's last film before he became paralyzed in the riding accident he had. This was one of those rare but disturbing occasions of life imitating art.

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