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Deceit (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 15 March 2004
After a man is supposedly lost at sea, various secrets surface and it turns out that many people had a motive to harm him.



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Cast overview:
... Ellen McCarthy
... Detective Hal Kazin
... Sam Penny
... Katie McCarthy
Louis Corbett ... Josh McCarthy
... Grove McCarthy
... Rachel
... Ken Spradling
... Caroline Manchester
... Kevin Ordell (as Tim Balme)
Kama Brown ... Carla Giamissimo
Darien Takle ... Janel
David Stott ... Leo Broadhurst
... Joe Jenks
Blair Strang ... Karl


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It's hard to trust anyone when everyone has a secret to hide.




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15 March 2004 (USA)  »

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A megtévesztés bajnoka  »

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Too much going on and the parents were over the hill
23 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

Lifetime movies have a few plots, all of which are recycled to make dozens of movies: the insane yet seductive babysitter, the "All Above Eve" scenario in the office, except the wannabe wields a knife; baby-stealing; psycho stalkers; wife killers; and the plot of "Deceit," a man lost at sea who may or may not be dead and the wife finds out things about him that she never knew.

In this story, a man (William Devane) is lost at sea, and the man's wife (Marlo Thomas) is haunted by a police detective that is suspicious about the circumstances. She also finds out about financial improprieties in her husband's business. The question is, what does she know and when did she know it? "Deceit" moves slowly, and the plot is convoluted enough that one soon loses interest. Marlo Thomas is a good actress who has made some very good TV movies; this isn't one of them. At 67, she's too old to be the mother of that little boy - in fact, it's not a stretch that she could be his great-grandmother. There was easily a thirty-year gap between Thomas and the woman playing her sister. There was one scene where Thomas was beautifully lit; if attention had been paid to the lighting throughout, she could have gotten away with it.

William Devane had too little to do.

Just not very good.

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