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

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Peter Yates

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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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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

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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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Color:

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1.85 : 1
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Original promotional title logos for the film, formed the letter "t" in the movie's title, out of an image of a judge's gavel. See more »

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When Kathleen is reading Carl's case file after he attacks her, we hear her say "Can't they read?" but her lips are clearly saying something completely different. See more »

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Kathleen Riley: I spend all of my day with murders and rapists, and what's really crazy, I like them.
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An Outstanding Cast And A Great Courtroom Twist At The End
2 September 2013 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

The highlight of this movie for me was a wonderful performance from Cher. She was playing the part of Kathleen Riley, a public defender who gets caught up in more than she bargained for when she takes on the case of a homeless man accused of murdering a 24 year old woman. The case is a lot more complicated than that, and the story keeps viewers on their toes. We're quite sure that Carl (the homeless man played by Liam Neeson) did not kill the young woman. The question is - who did? And why? The movie disorients right off the top, beginning with a Supreme Court justice committing suicide. But them that seems to disappear. But surely it's connected? Basically, we settle into a waiting game, as we look for the connection.

The movie settles down for a while into a pretty standard courtroom drama, and Cher (and Joe Mantegna as the prosecutor) are quite credible in their courtroom activity. Another twist is added to the story by Kathleen's growing involvement with juror Eddie (Dennis Quaid) - a congressional lobbyist who gets involved surreptitiously in helping to build the case for the defense. Quaid was also very good in his part, as was John Mahoney as the presiding judge. There really were no weaknesses in among the cast. I have to give real credit to Neeson. As Carl he did a magnificent job, especially given that he was playing a character who was both deaf and mute. His entire performance had to be conducted without voice, and he was very convincing. The whole thing builds up to a surprising courtroom twist that would have done Perry Mason proud, and that I didn't see coming at all.

My basic criticism of the movie is that it tries perhaps too hard to keep the viewer off balance. So many layers are added on that there is a temptation every now and then to drift away, because it's hard to keep everything straight. But in the end, when all the pieces are put together and that dramatic twist comes, you're glad you stuck with this. (7/10)


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