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)  »

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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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Written and Performed by Joe Sample
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Lie Detectors Don't Tell the TRUTH!
21 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a very different film with very difficult roles to play and all the actors, Chris Penn, Ellen Burstyn and Renee Zellweger all did a fantastic job in trying to make this film believable. Most of the film deals with flashbacks, lots of sitting down with lie detectors and even the police wind up having to take a test. There are many twists and turns to this story and you really cannot look away too quickly or you will find yourself getting lost and completely mixed up. After viewing this picture, you can see why Lie Detectors are not really used in a COURT OF LAW! The ending of this film will fool you completely! The cops and bad guy in this film all have secrets and some how, it all works out in the END!

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