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Above Suspicion (2000)

 -  Drama  -  7 June 2000 (UK)
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For 13 years James Stockton has been a loving father and husband to his wife and daughter. He is respected and admired by all the people in the town that he lives in. But things are going to change, it seems that James recently went on what he told his wife was a business trip. However, his wife caught him telling her a lie. She then does a little snooping and finds a picture of a girl. He tells her that she's an old girlfriend who died 14 years ago. She then asks a friend to find her, she is told that she did die 14 years ago, but her boyfriend was not James Stockton but Johnny Mancini, the son of a New Jersey gangster, who disappeared 14 years ago and was also the prime suspect in her death. Is James Johnny Mancini and did he kill her? And that is not all that is going on, some men from New Jersey have come to James' hometown and it seems that they are law enforcement officers and that James knows the lead man, but they are not arresting him, it seems that there is something that ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Well-above the usual
4 March 2007 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

This is one of those films which apparently wasn't released - at least not widely - and I'd never seen it listed anywhere until now. I've always found Scott Bakula's work interesting, and he's one of the more likable actors around. The same is true of Annabella Sciorra, although their chemistry as the 13-year husband and wife, and model citizens/parents, etc., wasn't exactly "white-hot."

But this was still an interesting story, even in spite of this, and much better than a lot of the more elaborate releases both on television and big screens.

Although this wasn't the typical "Lifetime, made-for-TV" flick, it had the feel of one - and certainly one of the best ones. These movies often have the devious spouse, out to eliminate the other, sometimes with a "double life," sometimes not. Others deal with a secret, jaded past, and usually has a former significant other who arrives to spill the beans and menace his/her new family. And then there's the "best friend/neighbor" secretly disrupting the hero or heroine's life, and often planning to bump him/her off and fill the void.

So this picture, with the former life, long hidden, which eventually comes to light with substantial danger and consequences, and the inevitable suspicions that the "hero" may have a dark side, and be perpetrating the dangers which ensue - is not original at all. However, here it is presented with more believability and realism than normally, and with a satisfying resolution. Often these films take an hour and 58 minutes of the airtime to build to a predictable, all-too-brief, "2-minute" resolution. However, the last 20 minutes or so here present a truly interesting, strong (and heartfelt) climax.

Besides the two leads, the supporting actors (daughter, business partner and his wife, and the authorities from Bakula's past) are first-rate, and are a major reason this story is well-above the usual fare seen in this venue.


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