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When a homeless man is accused of murdering a Justice Department file clerk, a public defender is tasked with mounting his legal defense.

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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 (94) »

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

Genres:

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

Gross USA:

$18,782,400

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,782,400
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Director Peter Yates said of this movie: "It's a story about integrity. A lot of the film takes place in the courtroom, and it has always been my feeling that everything is told in a courtroom except the truth. By that, I mean that the information given reads right, and sounds accurate, but what's missing is the emotion of the moment when the murder took place, when the divorce happened, or when the assault occurred. I think what (Screenwriter) Eric Roth has done with this script, is managed to establish a style, whereby we see what happened before we hear it reported in the courtroom scenes. That way you get the contrast between the emotion of the actual event, and the almost clinical reporting of it later on." See more »

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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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Cher surprises
27 May 2005 | by philip_vandervekenSee all my reviews

Before watching this movie I had some serious doubts about it. Not only is this a courtroom drama (and as you know the streets of Hollywood seem to be paved with this kind of scripts), it also featured Cher as one of the main actresses. I'm not really a fan of her as a singer, but seeing her as a good actress is even a lot harder. As you know, almost all pop diva's, young or old, seem to have that urge to appear in one or two movies and that almost always results in complete disasters. So why would Cher be any different...?

When a judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered in a river, a homeless and deaf-mute man, named Carl Anderson, is arrested for her murder, because all indirect evidence points to him. Because he can't afford a lawyer, public defender Kathleen Riley is assigned by the court as his lawyer. Even though she doesn't always believes in his innocence, she still goes after the real killer. She gets help from the congressional adviser Eddie Sanger, who is called to be on the jury panel and together they find some important evidence that the murder has something to do with corruption in some high ranks...

I must admit that Cher has done a better job than I ever expected from her. She actually was very convincing and interesting to watch as the public defender. Together with Liam Neeson she makes this movie work. Their nice performances and their difficult professional relationship in this movie are actually the best thing this movie has to offer. The story on itself certainly isn't that bad, but the plot is a bit far-fetched and gives this movie an ending that is a bit too abrupt.

In the end this is a reasonably well-done courtroom drama / thriller that lacks the required tension to be fully satisfying, but which offers some nice acting and some good direction. It's not the best movie in the genre, but it is enjoyable enough to be worth a watch. I give it a 6.5/10.


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