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Gotham (1988)

Eddie is a private detective. When a client asks him to help persuade his ex-wife to leave him alone, Eddie says yes. Nothing strange about that ?, well 'ex' refers to the fact that she ... See full summary »


Lloyd Fonvielle


Lloyd Fonvielle

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Complete credited cast:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Eddie Mallard
Virginia Madsen ... Rachel Carlyle
Colin Bruce Colin Bruce ... Charlie Rand
Denise Stephenson ... Debbie
Kevin Jarre Kevin Jarre ... Tim
Frederic Forrest ... Father George
J.B. White ... Jimbo
Michael Chapman ... Landlord
Alec Willows ... Bartender
Jack Creley ... Grandfather
Peter Jobin Peter Jobin ... Doorman
Michael Villella Michael Villella ... Cop (as Michael Villela)
David Cryer David Cryer ... Waiter
Molly Johnson Molly Johnson ... Female Singer
Hugh McCarten Hugh McCarten ... Piano Player


Eddie is a private detective. When a client asks him to help persuade his ex-wife to leave him alone, Eddie says yes. Nothing strange about that ?, well 'ex' refers to the fact that she died 10 years ago. Eddie thinks this will be an 'easy money' case, but soon falls for the beautiful woman who insists she's no ghost. Is she, or isn't she ?. Watch and find out. Written by Rob Hartill

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Some Passions Can Be Deadly




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Release Date:

21 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dead Can't Lie See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The address which Rachel gives Eddie - 330 Central Park West - does not, and could not exist in reality, as all residences on Central Park West have odd-numbered addresses. The even-numbered address side of the street is actually the side of the street that Central Park borders. See more »


Rachel Carlyle: Whatever they tell you about me is true. I'm worse than you can imagine. But don't ever say you didn't know.
Eddie Mallard: I don't know anything any more. I don't know what I'm doing.
Rachel Carlyle: You chose me. And you'll go on choosing me, as awful as it gets.
Eddie Mallard: Why will I do that?
Rachel Carlyle: Because you love me. Because YOU love ME.
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Where or When
Composed by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Performed by Molly Johnson (uncredited)
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A must see for Tommy Lee Jones fans
10 July 1999 | by msmiataSee all my reviews

How do you stop your dead wife from harassing you? Hire a good detective who can tell her to stop. Tommy Lees Jones portrays a down on his luck gumshoe is approached by a man who is being followed by his dead wife. Jones figures if the man is crazy enough to offer his money, he's just crazy enough to help him. Is she dead? Check the refrigerator, take a cruise but stay out of the church. This made-for-tv film keeps you going, wondering just who is seeing things. Don't close your eyes for too long or you just might miss something. If you like a good mystery, this one is a sleeper-keeper. You might have to look on the back shelf of the video store to find it but however it's worth the search. A great movie for a rainy weekend afternoon.

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