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

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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£187,708 (UK) (12 January 2001)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


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The ending ruined the initial enthusiasm.
25 August 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

The movie is almost entirely based on the verbal exchange between the two outstanding lead actors: Freeman and Hackman. Freeman plays an investigation officer, Victor who has invited wealthy tax attorney Henry (Hackman) for clearing up some doubts about his testimony about two brutal murders, in which he is also a suspect. Thanks to the dramatic screenplay and director Hopkins's interesting style of showing flashbacks, the movie builds the tension right from the beginning. The story also explores the complex relationship between Henry and his attractive young wife Chantal, played nicely by Monica Bellucci.

To tell the truth, the whole interrogation procedure is made just magnificently enjoyable by the writer and performance of the actors. There's no point in comparison, but it must be said that Hackman's got the more complex and versatile role and he explored every bit of it with extreme passion. Apart from the two, same can be said about Bellucci. Some may complain that she should have expressed more emotion, I don't think so. The character herself is cold. And she captures that nicely. Thomas Jane played the 'young bad cop' role rather two-dimensionally. His character could be an interesting side point for the film but it doesn't seem so with him. Another question of mine: Why is the film set in Puerto Rico? None of the lead characters are from there. The story doesn't feature the country exclusively, so why?

But all these speculations and remarks fail when you end the movie like that. Yes, we understand why it was necessary. But it could have been shown more slowly, the truth could get the time to grow. In this case, the ending is utterly average and seemed like the filmmakers were suddenly in a rush to end the film. And that ruined everything the film was building upon so far.

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