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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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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

Liam Neeson lived in a Washington, D.C. homeless shelter for two days, to prepare for his role. See more »

Goofs

When Kathleen first realizes Carl is deaf and hands him a pen to write with, as she hands it to him and we are facing her it is top downwards in her hand, in the reverse shot it is top upwards with the cap on, as Carl takes the pen it is top upwards with the cap off. See more »

Quotes

Parking Lot Attendant: [Kathleen has broken into Elizabeth Quinn's car to find evidence] Hey, lady, what do you think you're doing?
Kathleen Riley: [caught off guard] I was her friend.
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Good story and performances
18 May 2007 | by caa821See all my reviews

I had missed this film during the many years since it was made, and caught it by chance on a Friday afternoon, after a particularly long and hectic week.

I thought I might nod off, but instead I found myself engrossed in it very soon. It has some far-fetched aspects, and as the "goofs" section in this site points out, it wouldn't have been tried in a federal court, but in the local D.C. courts. However, given the rather surprise ending, this would be a necessary variation, given its circumstances.

Cher is not a person whom you reference when thinking of leading, versatile actresses -- but this isn't so. This serious role, as well as a different type in the excellent "Moonstruck," display both her competence and versatility. Dennis Quaid is always excellent, and a favorite of mine, and the remaining cast were as well. John Mahoney's performance is well-delivered, and an interesting performance, in contrast with his more pleasant persona in "Moonstruck," also -- and particularly juxtaposed with his likable presence in the long-running "Frasier" series.

As another pointed-out, there is a surprise ending, if somewhat more abrupt than seems necessary.

But overall, an interesting, entertaining film.


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