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Deceiver (1997)

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Textile company heir Wayland is accused of murder of a prostitute named Elizabeth, whose body was found cut in two in the park. The murder is investigated by tough detective Kennesaw and ... See full summary »

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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 Wayland is accused of murder of a prostitute named Elizabeth, whose body was found cut in two in the park. The murder is investigated by tough detective Kennesaw and his less experienced partner Braxton. 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, who is demanding payment. Written by Anonymous

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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$572,433, 15 February 1998
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MDP Worldwide See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Final film of Mark Damon. 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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Dark and suspenseful '90s film noir
27 June 2001 | by kmcelroy2See all my reviews

The cast, the camera work, the music and the dialogue all create a dark and surreal tone that's haunting and riveting. Tim Roth, Renee Zellweger and Ellen Burstyn all dominate so completely that you can't look at anyone else when they're onscreen. It's as much an exercise in acting and "mood" as anything, but the story is fun to follow. I don't think it's supposed to be "believable" in the literal sense. How can it be when they throw in epilepsy, absinthe, prostitution, family dysfunction, etc. Every character was well-cast (LOVED the psychologist) and the tension and undertones in the actor's interactions with each other make it an impossible-to-forget movie. It's one of the few I own. The scenes with Mook (Burstyn) as well as those with Roth and Zellweger are ingenious. A movie that must be watched closely to understand the ending.


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