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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 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

Final theatrical movie of Mark Damon (Wayland's Father). 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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Black and White
Written and Performed by Joe Sample
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User Reviews

Labyrinthine plot--no redemption for viewer
10 January 1999 | by Ebert JrSee all my reviews

All too many movies these days lead the viewer down a path of

crazed circumstances and convoluted plotlines only to arrive at

the end with nothing to reward the viewer. Although this movie

seems to have potential in the first half of the movie, much of

the twists and turns and character surprises do not serve really to

amount to anything. A fine movie by acting standards, Roth seems

to overact in only scene here and Chris Penn turns in a solid

performance as the heavy cop once again. Perhaps the movie was

too convoluted to begin with for me to be surprised at any

ending. Thumbs up, ma


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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

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MDP Worldwide See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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