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Under Suspicion (2000)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  15 November 2000 (France)
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A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. This will only take ten minutes, they say, but it turns out to be one ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nydia Caro ...
Pablo Cunqueiro ...
Detective Castillo
Isabel Algaze ...
Camille Rodriguez
Maria Rodriguez
Luis Caballero ...
Paco Rodriguez
Patricia Beato ...
Sahyly Esponda ...
Reina (as Sahyly Yamile)
Hector Travieso ...
Marisol Calero ...
Sergeant Arias
Vanessa Shenk ...
Sue Ellen Huddy


A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. This will only take ten minutes, they say, but it turns out to be one loose end after another, and the ten minutes he is away from his speech become longer and longer... Written by Maarten Hofman <maarten_hofman@hotmail.com>

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A hidden past, a secret life, witness or suspect, guilty or innocent? See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

15 November 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Third Degree  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$109,863 (USA) (22 September 2000)


£187,708 (UK) (12 January 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The pictures behind the desk when morgan freeman interrogated gene Hackman was the actual governor of Puerto Rico Pedro Rossello and the other pictures was the superintendent of the police Pedro Toledo. See more »


There is one scene, a flashback, where it shows Henry jogging around a breakwater, or rock walkway, with the neighbors dog. Here you will see the dog clearly on a leash. This is the only scene where the dog is on a leash otherwise the dog has always been seen running free. See more »


nm0000151 Capt. Victor Benezet: Go home. Put on a funny hat. Do whatever it is morons do.
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References Three Little Pigs (1933) See more »


Peyote Dreams
Instrumental written by George Acogny
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Money, power, love and murders
10 February 2008 | by (Rijeka,Croatia) – See all my reviews

To tell you the truth, I didn't expect anything out of this movie. I watched it only because top name actors, so my surprise is big in here. We've got all: money, power, love and murders. And a very good movie also. This is not brilliant movie, but it is very watchable. Let me tell you why.

Stephen Hopkins directed "Under Suspicion" with very low budget, cause Hackman and Freeman were payed little and they are also executive producers. That means that this movie is theirs. They wanted to act in their own way and Hopkins couldn't do nothing about it. It turned out that that is great. Gene Hackman adds another stunning performance in his long career and Morgan Freeman follows him. Hackman had harder role so it is normal that he will be remembered in a context of this movie. Hackman plays a lawyer Henry Hearst, who is called to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a murder of young girl. Captain Victor Benezet (Morgan Freeman) is asking Henry all sorts of the questions, along with detective Felix Owens (Thomas Jane). That interview is said to be very short cause Henry has to make his speech on a found raising party. There his young wife Chantal (Monica Bellucci) waits for him, just like the creme of San Juan's society.

As the movie goes on we found out lots of things about Henry Hearst. About his marriage with young and beautiful Chantal, about their problems and about his job. Henry becomes first suspect for murder and raping of two girls because of his little lies in his testimony. Benezet and Owens thinks he is the murderer and they are not alone in that. Chantal also suspects and that's what hurts Henry the most. Their relationship is shown on all levels and that's why characters of Freeman and hostile Jane suffers. But I liked that cause Hackman grab the opportunity to shine. Maybe his role in here could remind you on "Absolute Power", where Hackman plays similar role. But that is his brilliance. This character is so much different then that one, cause he didn't want to repeat himself. I also liked twist at the ending and all the scenes where Hackman or others are telling the story (Freeman always enters in their story, right at the sight). That was great, the atmosphere of interrogation room is good and the whole movie is very underrated. So I advise you to take a look on this movie; at least for Gene Hackman's performance.

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