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Under Suspicion (2000)

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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Detective Felix Owens
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Chantal Hearst
Nydia Caro ...
Isabella
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Superintendent
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Detective Castillo
Isabel Algaze ...
Camille Rodriguez
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Maria Rodriguez
Luis Caballero ...
Paco Rodriguez
Patricia Beato ...
Darlita
Sahyly Esponda ...
Reina (as Sahyly Yamile)
Hector Travieso ...
Peter
Marisol Calero ...
Sergeant Arias
Vanessa Shenk ...
Sue Ellen Huddy
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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 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 »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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15 November 2000 (France)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,863, 24 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$258,691, 22 October 2000
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The film features Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. See more »

Goofs

Chantal Hearst's dress varies from having a solid back to being cut out. See more »

Quotes

Captain 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 »

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Silent Night
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Traditional
Music by Franz Gruber (uncredited)
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr (uncredited)
Arranged by George Acogny
Performed by Darryl Phinnessee
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The ending ruined the initial enthusiasm.
25 August 2005 | by 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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