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Suspect (1987)

A legal team defending a homeless, mute man of murder, find a web of corruption that may have dangerous implications.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writer:

Eric Roth
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cher ... Kathleen Riley
Dennis Quaid ... Eddie Sanger
Liam Neeson ... Carl Wayne Anderson
John Mahoney ... Judge Matthew Bishop Helms
Joe Mantegna ... Charlie Stella
Philip Bosco ... Paul Gray
E. Katherine Kerr ... Grace Comisky
Fred Melamed ... Morty Rosenthal
Lisbeth Bartlett Lisbeth Bartlett ... Marilyn
Paul D'Amato ... Michael
Bernie McInerney Bernie McInerney ... Walter
Thomas Barbour Thomas Barbour ... Justice Lowell
Katie O'Hare Katie O'Hare ... Elizabeth Quinn
Rosemary Knower ... Justice Lowell's Secretary
Aaron Schwartz ... Forensic Pathologist
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Storyline

A judge commits suicide, and his secretary is found murdered. A homeless deaf-mute man, Carl Anderson is arrested for her murder. Public defender Kathleen is assigned by the court as his lawyer. She sets to find the real killer, and gets help from the congressional advisor, Eddie Sanger who is called to be on the jury panel. Together they discover a dangerous circle of corruption in high places. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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jury | deaf mute | suicide | judge | murder | See All (97) »

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No matter the cost, No matter the danger. They will find the truth.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sospechoso See more »

Filming Locations:

Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,152,015, 25 October 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,782,400
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

By the time principal photography was completed in the spring of 1987, Peter Yates felt that "we really covered the whole spectrum of Washington, from Capitol Hill right down to the drain pipes by the Potomac. Suspect (1987) is a film which, we hope, will entertain and enthrall audiences." See more »

Goofs

During a scene in court, the color of Kathleen's suit changes. See more »

Quotes

[Michael sneaks up behind Kathleen and holds a razor to her throat]
Michael: God is angry with the wicked! Why did you send the black devil for me?
Kathleen Riley: [stammering] Because Carl!
Michael: [interrupts] Carl has already been judged! The mighty hand struck him deaf and dumb.
[Michael continually jerks the razor around in a frenzied manor]
Kathleen Riley: [terrified] Okay.
Michael: Only the lord Jesus can take a soul. I saw the angel of death. I watched her die. I saw her spirit leave her body. She gave me a message from the Almighty. A key to the ...
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definitely worth a look - much better than I remember!
27 June 2012 | by jb0579See all my reviews

You know, I watched this film for the first time since I saw it in the theater years ago, and I must say that in today's cinematic atmosphere, this is a very underrated and enthralling film. I find today's movies to be so "dumbed down" to accommodate the full spectrum of moviegoers (the debt, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as SOME exceptions), and this thriller manages to combine a few genres (mystery, courtroom, thriller, drama, suspense) into one package.

Cher stars as a lawyer, badly in need of a vacation, who gets appointed a murder case in which a deaf and mute suspect (Played by the ever-ready Liam Neeson) seems to have perpetrated the crime. As she delves into the case, and into to case precedent, she begins to unravel a mystery that goes much higher than a homeless deaf mute.

A fresh faced Dennis Quaid is a juror who is intrigued by puzzle pieces that don't seem to fit and begins his own look at the case, culminating in a heart pounding climax that'll leave you panting and wishing there was another hour to go! Definitely worth a look - even with Cher, whom I had dismissed as a one hit movie wonder. She actually pulls this movie off.

And watch for Frasiers dad, John Mahoney, as a judge here - don't worry, you won't miss him.

Give it a look!!


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