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Writers (WGA):
Jerry Lazarus (written by) and
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21 May 1995 (USA) See more »
They thought they could get away with murder. They thought they were... [Above Suspicion] See more »
A paralyzed cop takes advantage of the sympathy he attracts in order to get rid of his cheating wife and her lover. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Reeve ... Dempsey Cain

Joe Mantegna ... Alan Rhinehart

Kim Cattrall ... Gail Cain

Edward Kerr ... Nick Cain

Geoffrey Rivas ... Enrique

Finola Hughes ... Iris

William H. Macy ... Pros. Atty. Schultz

Ron Canada ... Captain

Natalija Nogulich ... Def. Atty. Wallace (as Natalia Nogulich)

Clark Gregg ... Randy
Marty Levy ... Syd
J.J. Johnston ... Hank

Blake Foster ... Damon Cain

Frank Medrano ... Jorge de La Paz

Joanna Miles ... Laura
Gerald Castillo ... Lt. Matteos
Timothy Landfield ... Jerry, Internal Affairs

Peter Michael Goetz ... Judge
Lionel Mark Smith ... Larry

Sandy Martin ... Waitress
Richard Hoyt-Miller ... Inspector
Sharon Watroba ... Car Rental Clerk
Jonathan Friedman ... Video Guy
Arthur Taxier ... Doctor Cole

Dana Reeve ... Female Detective
Holley Chant ... Nancy
David Byron ... Bruce
Melanie Pleasure ... Physical Therapist

Seidy Lopez ... Theater Clerk
Tony Mamet ... Theater Manager

Michelle Bonilla ... Girl in Shower
Rick Kahana ... Gang Member #1
Ramiro González ... Gang Member #2
Gilbert Rosales ... Gang Member #3
Joy Hooper ... Gang Members Girlfriend
David Ralphe ... Podium Speaker
Ellis Williams ... Evidence Attendant
Sheila Hanahan ... Female Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Sutherland ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Schachter 
Writing credits
Jerry Lazarus (written by) and
William H. Macy (written by) (as W.H. Macy) &
Steven Schachter (written by)

Produced by
Tony Amatullo .... line producer
William Hart .... producer
Jerry Lazarus .... co-producer
Keith Samples .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Hoenig 
Cinematography by
Ross Berryman 
Film Editing by
Martin Hunter 
Casting by
Denise Chamian 
Production Design by
Richard Sherman 
Set Decoration by
Jimmy Adams 
Costume Design by
Betty Pecha Madden 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist: Mr. Reeve
Janice Berridge .... additional hair stylist
Janice Berridge .... additional makeup artist
Jill Crosby .... key hair stylist
Jill Crosby .... key makeup artist
Wade Daily .... makeup artist: Mr. Reeve
Anthony Esposito .... hair stylist: Mr. Reeve
Diana Gibson .... additional hair stylist
Diana Gibson .... additional makeup artist
Jack Petty .... additional hair stylist
Jack Petty .... additional makeup artist
Gina Rylander .... additional hair stylist
Gina Rylander .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Tony Amatullo .... unit production manager
Claire O'Brien .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director
Donna E. Bloom .... second second assistant director
Peter C. Graupner .... first assistant director: second unit
Barbara M. Ravis .... second assistant director
Jason Roberts .... dga trainee
Art Department
Michael C. Stone .... lead man (as Michael Stone)
David A. Carpender .... property master
Don Diers .... additional props
Mike Johnson .... art swing gang
Brad Jones .... art swing gang
Thierry Labbe .... on-set dresser
Michael Lindsay .... assistant property master
Diedre Madsen .... storyboard artist
Michelle McManus .... additional set dresser
Kelly Schultz .... art swing gang (as Kelton Schultz)
Joan Valencia .... additional props
Sound Department
Joan Chamberlain .... adr recordist
Dean Drabin .... foley mixer
Joe Earle .... sound effects editor
Andrew Ellerd .... assistant sound editor
Eric Erickson .... foley editor
Ann Hadsell .... foley recordist
James Hebenstreit .... adr editor
Javier M. Hernández .... boom operator
Barbara Issak .... dialogue editor
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recordist
Tony Jenkins .... sound recordist
Paul Massey .... sound re-recordist
Anthony Mazzei .... supervising sound editor
Scott Millan .... sound re-recordist
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley walker
Patricia Nedd .... foley walker
Brian Thomas Nist .... sound effects editor
Ralph Osborn .... dialogue editor
Brian Ruberg .... adr mixer
Adam Sawelson .... dialogue editor
Richard Schexnayder .... sound mixer
Bob Bass .... ADR mixer: Florida (uncredited)
Tim Song Jones .... sound transferer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Stephen DeLollis .... special effects assistant
Larry Fioritto .... special effects coordinator
Sandie O'Brien .... special effects assistant
Mike Ceballos .... stunts: Mr. Rivas
Tony Farentino .... utility stunts
Wayne Montanio .... mr. medranos stunt double
George Marshall Ruge .... utility stunts
Webster Whinery .... stunt coordinator
Webster Whinery .... stunt double: Mr. Kerr
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Barefoot .... rigging gaffer
Ken Bazal .... additional second assistant camera
Ross Berryman .... camera operator
Hans Bjerno .... helicopter photographer
Ron Brown .... camera loader
Michael Charbonnet .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Byron J. Cohen .... still photographer
Erin-Bruce Cook .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Stephan Dalyai .... electrician
Glen Deitell .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Michael Dronge .... grip
Bernie Druckman .... 24 frame video operator
Pavel Dygas .... dolly grip
Paul A. Edwards .... camera operator: "b" camera
Bill Essling .... grip
John H. Gilman .... 24 frame video operator (as John Gilman)
Adam Goldfine .... gaffer
Ross Guidici .... best boy grip
Brad Heiner .... electrician
Brad Heiner .... swing grip
Tom Kiefer .... pre-rig electric
Marc Lempert .... pre-rig electric (as Marc Henry Lempert)
Keith Morgan .... pre-rig electric
Jack Palinkas .... key grip
Michael Palmer .... best boy electric: second unit
Douglas M. Pavone .... pre-rig electric (as Douglas Pavone)
Robert Schierer .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Edwin Schiernecker .... pre-rig electric
Ken Struck .... best boy electric
Rick Tiedeman .... Steadicam operator
Jon R. Tower .... gaffer: second unit
Gene Visco .... pre-rig electric
Christopher A. Zwirner .... pre-rig electric
Casting Department
Rodney Epps .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Debby Romano .... casting assistant (as Debby Gross)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Allison Gerdy .... wardrobe assistant
Emma Jackson .... wardrobe assistant
Lydia Shiferaw .... set costumer
Stephanie Siemens .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Mike Mertens .... color timer
Mark E. Phillips .... second assistant film editor
Mark V. Phillips .... assistant editor
Mary Pritchard .... additional assistant film editor
Irene Schonwit .... first assistant film editor
Lois Trent-Bring .... negative cutter
Adam Weisberg .... post-production assistant
Location Management
Robert Earl Craft .... location manager
Mac Gordon .... assistant location manager (as A. McGuire Gordon)
Kyle Oliver .... location assistant
Music Department
Bradford Ellis .... orchestrator
Pamela Neal .... score engineer
Sherry Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
James Lowder .... transportation coordinator
Robert McCord .... picture car coordinator (as Bob McCord)
John Simanovich .... transportation captain
Other crew
Dexter N. Adriano .... production assistant
Charlie Alexander .... production assistant
Jimmy Angel .... stand-in: Joe Mantegna
Kevin Beard .... production assistant
Debby Berg .... stand-in: Kim Cattrall
David Brown .... production assistant
Willie Brown .... craft service
Sandra Cole .... script supervisor
Jeff Davis .... stand-in: Edward Kerr
Margo Day .... assistant production coordinator
Matthew R. Eyraud .... production assistant
Shannon Hamed .... production coordinator
Sheila Hanahan .... second unit coordinator
Patrick Harrigan .... stand-in: Christopher Reeve
Harry Hauss .... helicopter pilot (as Harold Hauss)
Cindy M. Ichikawa .... assistant production coordinator (as Cindy Ichikawa)
Charles Kirkwood .... production auditor
Todd Marshall .... production assistant
Beverly McIntyre .... craft service
Damon Nonas .... production assistant
Grant Perry .... additional art swing
Erica Spano .... production assistant
Hugo Vargas .... additional art swing
Ann Wiggins .... post-production auditor
Anna Yates .... craft service
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for strong sex scenes, language and violence
95 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA15+ (Cable TV rating) | Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Philippines:R-18 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | USA:R (Certificate #33925)

Did You Know?

In this film, Christopher Reeve plays a paralyzed man. On May 27, 1995, six days after the film's theatrical release, Reeve broke his neck in a horse-riding accident, leaving him paralyzed for the rest of his life.See more »
Boom mic visible: When the prosecutor concludes his questioning the video store clerk the boom mic is visible. It is visible once again when the defense attorney begins to cross-examine the video clerk.See more »
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Perhaps I'm being dense, but 1. Why did Dempsey Cain stand up to shoot his brother?, 2. Why did he shoot a hole in his wheelchair?, & 3. How did he manage not reacting to the letter opening stabbling him in the thigh?
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After all I've done for you you betrayed me.. And I can't forgive, 8 November 2005
Author: sol from Brooklyn NY USA

***SPOILERS*** Being highly successful in everything that he did, from the top of his class in collage a top Jet pilot and law enforcement officer, Dempsey Cain, Christopher Reeve,is the exact opposite of his younger brother Nick, Edward Kerr. Nick also a member of the San Sebastian police department like Dempsey is a total failure when compared to his older brother.

One evening at a police shooting, the cop ended up dead, Dempsey calls Nick on his personal beeper and gets no answer. It turned that Nick was at Dempsey's house having an sexual tryst with his cheating and unfaithful wife Gail, Kim Cattrail. The next day the police. led by Det. Cain, track down the cop killers in a hotel room and just when their about to make the pinch Nick's beeper goes off, alerting the fugitives. The resulting shootout ends with Dempsey getting shot in the spine and ending up crippled from the waist down.

At the inquest following the shooting Dempsey covered up the fact that his brother's incompetence, leaving his beeper on, was responsible for the shootout. Taking the blame himself for it saying that the noisy beeper was his not Nick's Dempsey forgave his brother for his career ending injuries but not for his sleeping with his wife. Dempsey then concocted a devious and sinister plan to make them both pay for what they did to him with their lives.

Checking Nick's phone bill Dempsey found out that he called his answering service from his, Dempsey's, home at 2:30 AM. Dempsey realized that Nick was having an affair with his wife at the time that the young cop was shot and killed and that illicit affair had been going on for some time.

Putting on an act that he was despondent with his life as a paraplegic Dempsey get's both Nick and Gail to go along with a plan where he's killed, by them, in a burglary and having insured himself for $1,000,000.00 with a double indemnity clause, excluding suicide. The two would both get double the amount and that would also take care of his and Gail's son Damnon, Blake Foster,college and financial future. Getting everything ready for the big night, Friday July 15, 1994,when Dempsey is supposed to be killed Nick & Gail get the surprise of their life. They realize, only too late, that's it's them not Dempsey who's to end up on a cold slab at the local morgue with the insurance policy as the air-tight evidence that they had a financial motive to kill him.

The second half of the movie "Above Suspicion" has to do with Dempsey's fellow police detective Alan Rhinehart, Joe Mantegna,who realized that Dempsey was guilty,trying to convince his superior Capt Lindsey, Ron Canada, and the internal affairs department to have him arrested and tried for his bother and wife's deaths.

The movie ends on a very disturbing note with Det. Rhinehart finally getting Dempsey to stand trial for his brothers and wife's murder but the results shocked even him in how brilliant and, for the loss of a better word, evil Dempsey's plan was. No matter what Rhienhart could come up with he found out, the hard way, that he was totally helpless to have a jury convict Dempsey.

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