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Deceiver (1997)

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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)  »

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Earl Watt  »

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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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A very dark and ultimately impressive Mystery drama.
7 September 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This has to be a very impressive and completely underrated crime mystery-drama of '97. Tim Roth is very nicely cast as the seemingly innocent but deeply emmersed "rich kid", "Ya come looking, ya might not like what ya find!". And from there we are aware of the possibility of a slightly bitter note to end on but not sure how. Chris Penn is also very good in a relative, ordinary, and completely ignorant role, particularly towards his partner. Speaking of whom, Mike Rooker is outstanding, this being his greatest performance since "Henry..". Good support is supplied by Zellweger and Burstyn and the director certainly knew his screenplay as it is sharper than Rooker's character. Definataly worth a few Golden Globe Awards, namely to Rooker & Roth, if not Oscars. A totally interesting drama emmersed with dark and vile horror.

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