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Deceiver (1997)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  30 January 1998 (USA)
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Textile company heir Wayland is accused of murder of a prostitute named Elizabeth, whose body was found cut in two in the park. The murder is investigated by tough detective Kennesaw and ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Det. Phillip Braxton
Det. Edward Kennesaw
Don Winston ...
Wayland's Father
J.C. Quinn ...
Jody Wilhelm ...
Mrs. Wayland
Ocie Pouncie ...
Genevieve Butler ...
Mary Kennesaw
Chelsea Butler ...
Chelsea Kennesaw


Textile company heir Wayland is accused of murder of a prostitute named Elizabeth, whose body was found cut in two in the park. The murder is investigated by tough detective Kennesaw and his less experienced partner Braxton. Wayland is a heavy drinker and compulsive liar, he is prone to memory losses and periods of heavy violence. He is rich enough to access necessary information, and he gets the interrogators' own dark secrets - Kennesaw is angry about affairs his wife had and had let off steam with Elizabeth, and Braxton has gambling debts with Mook, who is demanding payment. Written by Anonymous

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There are two sides to every lie.

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »


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30 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Earl Watt  »

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Box Office

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$279,103 (USA) (30 January 1998)


$545,622 (USA) (6 February 1998)

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The name of the character played by Renee Zellweger,"Elizabeth Loftus" is a reference to the distinguished psychologist of the same name, noted for her studies in clinically created false memories. See more »


[first lines]
James Walter Wayland: I'm cutting across the park, just below the reservoir. It's a nice night. I feel like walking. I met a girl on the path I knew. We had a brief conversation, then I continued on. I never saw her again.
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Composed and Performed by Paul Robb
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A movie where the acting comes first.
19 June 2002 | by (Fredrikstad,Norway) – See all my reviews

This movie has first class acting.Tim Rooth delivers a great performance and so does Michael Rooker.The movie is very dark and mysterious.A big part of the movie takes place in a little room,but this just helps make the movie even better.The story is really clever and it reminds me a lot of Usual suspects.This movie uses good camera work and great acting to build the story,and that is they way it should be.Good thriller with lots of suspense.

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