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Under Suspicion (1991)

In Brighton in 1959, disgraced cop turned private detective Tony Aaron works largely on falsifying adulteries for use as evidence in divorce cases. He involves his wife as the fictional ... See full summary »

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Simon Moore

Writer:

Simon Moore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Tony Aaron
Kenneth Cranham ... Frank
Maggie O'Neill ... Hazel Aaron
Alan Talbot Alan Talbot ... Powers
Malcolm Storry ... Waterston
Martin Grace ... Colin
Kevin Moore ... Barrister
Stephen Oxley Stephen Oxley ... Hotel Deskman
Colin Dudley Colin Dudley ... Hotel Waiter
Richard Graham ... Denny
Alison Ruffelle Alison Ruffelle ... 1st Chambermaid
Michael Almaz Michael Almaz ... Stasio
Victoria Alcock ... 2nd Chambermaid
Tony Hughes Tony Hughes ... Undertaker
Alphonsia Emmanuel Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Selina
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Storyline

In Brighton in 1959, disgraced cop turned private detective Tony Aaron works largely on falsifying adulteries for use as evidence in divorce cases. He involves his wife as the fictional co-respondent for painter Carlo Stasio but the pair are shot dead in the hotel room. In charge of the case is Frank, Tony's ex-partner still on the Brighton force. His most likely suspects are Angeline, Stasio's mistress who is set to inherit his house and pictures, and Tony himself, parts of whose story don't seem to add up. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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How close can you get to a killer before you're too close?

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for areas of strong violence and sensuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Sombra de uma Suspeita See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,349, 1 March 1992

Gross USA:

$221,295

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$221,295
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Patrick Bergin dropped out playing the male lead due to creative differences. Liam Neeson was eventually cast in his place. See more »

Goofs

Several scenes are shot on an undercliff walk, using the white cliffs of Peacehaven as a backdrop. This walking area was not created until the 1970-'80s. See more »


Soundtracks

CHRISTMAS ISLAND
Performed by Dickie Valentine (as Dicky Valentine)
By courtesy of The Decca Record Company Ltd
Written by Lyle Moraine
Copyright Northern Music Company
Licensed by MCA Music Publishing
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Well done and interesting crime thriller
19 March 2009 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Under Suspicion apparently flew completely under the radar upon release in 1991, and that's really not all that surprising. The film is actually a very well done little crime thriller; but it features a very simple plot line and plays out almost like a classic film noir (as opposed to a 'cool' crime thriller in the vein of Goodfellas or Reservoir Dogs), and as a result the film doesn't stand out much. It actually seems like it could have been made for television as most of the cast (Liam Neeson aside) will be recognisable to anyone that has seen a handful of British TV shows and it's very modest all the way through. The film takes place in the fifties and we focus on private detective/disgraced former policeman Tony Aaron. Aaron makes a living through the illegal practise of faking affairs in order to beat the strict divorce laws. He begins using his wife for these capers; but is given a shock when his wife and a client are found dead in their room. An investigation into the killings ensues, with our detective as the prime suspect.

The plot is definitely this film's main strongpoint, and it is carried off well. Director Simon Moore does a good job of getting his audience interested in the characters, which allows him to weave the simple, but twisted tale. Liam Neeson won some award for his portrayal of the central character, and it is a really good performance. This sort of role can often be difficult for actors to play because the character is essentially scum, but we do feel for him; and this is thanks to the charismatic and warm performance. The ensemble cast is rather impressive and, as mentioned, many British viewers will recognise a lot of faces. The mystery is constantly intriguing and we are made to wonder who has committed the crimes. It does have to be said that the final third of the movie not as interesting as the first two; but all in all, this is a well worked and interesting little thriller that is rounded off by a strong ending. I wouldn't recommend anyone goes out of their way to see this film; but it's certainly worth a look if you do find a copy.


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