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Deceiver (1997)

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A hooker is found cut in two. Two cops give polygraph tests to the only suspect, James Wayland (Tim Roth), an unstable genius. After some time, the roles change.

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Jonas Pate, Josh Pate

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Jonas Pate, Josh Pate
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Wayland
Chris Penn ... Det. Phillip Braxton
Michael Rooker ... Det. Edward Kennesaw
Renée Zellweger ... Elizabeth
Ellen Burstyn ... Mook
Rosanna Arquette ... Mrs. Kennesaw
Don Winston Don Winston ... Warren
Michael Parks ... Dr. Banyard
Mark Damon ... Wayland's Father
J.C. Quinn ... Priest
Jody Wilhelm Jody Wilhelm ... Mrs. Wayland
Ocie Pouncie Ocie Pouncie ... Boogie
Bob Hungerford ... Jebby
Genevieve Butler Genevieve Butler ... Mary Kennesaw
Chelsea Butler Chelsea Butler ... Chelsea Kennesaw
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Storyline

Textile company heir James Wayland (Tim Roth) is accused of murder of a prostitute named Elizabeth (Renée Zellweger), whose body was found cut in two in the park. The murder is investigated by tough Detective Edward Kennesaw (Michael Rooker) and his less experienced partner Phillip Braxton (Chris Penn). Wayland is a heavy drinker and compulsive liar, he is prone to memory losses and periods of heavy violence. He is rich enough to access necessary information, and he gets the interrogators' own dark secrets - Kennesaw is angry about affairs his wife had and had let off steam with Elizabeth, and Braxton has gambling debts with Mook (Ellen Burstyn), who is demanding payment.

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There are two sides to every lie.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Tim Roth and Renée Zellweger appeared in Murder in the Heartland (1993). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
James Walter Wayland: I'm cutting across the park, just below the reservoir. It's a nice night. I feel like walking. I met a girl on the path I knew. We had a brief conversation, then I continued on. I never saw her again.
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Soundtracks

Blue Delight
Written by Sun Ra
Performed by Sun Ra
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2 cops try to solve a murder by using a polygraph
6 September 1999 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

An epileptic man takes a lie detector test to prove he had nothing to do with the death of a stripper. During the test, the private lives of the investigators comes to light due to an investigation by the investigated man. This causes the case to take a strange turn. The film flashed back and forth in time showing the cheap tawdry lives of all involved in the bizarre circumstances. Great story and fascinating dialogue kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. 4 stars.


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Official Sites:

MGM | Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Earl Watt See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$279,103, 1 February 1998

Gross USA:

$572,433

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$572,433
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Company Credits

Production Co:

MDP Worldwide See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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