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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.


John Sacret Young


Clare Francis (novel), Jacqueline Holborough (earlier teleplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Marlo Thomas ... Ellen McCarthy
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Detective Hal Kazin
Brett Cullen ... Sam Penny
Emily Barclay ... Katie McCarthy
Louis Corbett Louis Corbett ... Josh McCarthy
William Devane ... Grove McCarthy
Catherine Boniface ... Rachel
Andrew Robertt ... Ken Spradling
Rebecca Hobbs ... Caroline Manchester
Timothy Balme ... Kevin Ordell (as Tim Balme)
Kama Brown Kama Brown ... Carla Giamissimo
Darien Takle ... Janel
David Stott David Stott ... Leo Broadhurst
Owen Black ... Joe Jenks
Blair Strang Blair Strang ... Karl


Former alcoholic Ellen Richmond builds a happy family life in Suffolk with businessman Grove McCarthy and their kids Josh and Katie. After Grove dies sailing his beloved yacht Samara, she finds he left her only debts and the Audi she once saw him commit infidelity in, but police Detective Hal Kazin finds Grove embezzled $1,000,000 from a charitable foundation with his dodgy friend Ken Spradling to a tax paradise dummy corporation. Lawyer Sam Penny becomes Josh's surrogate father figure while he helps her search for the truth, and learns some she told nobody else about Grove and her, which is enormous, and convinces her to come clean to Kazin and her sister, who is far from the last to tell her part in the complex, sordid story of crimes and deceit... Written by KGF Vissers

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




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Pretty bland
7 April 2008 | by caa821See all my reviews

A major proportion of "Lifetime" flicks fall into a small number of categories: the psychotic neighbor/babysitter/co-worker/etc., who insinuates herself/himself into a family in order to take-over or settle a grudge; the spouse with a hidden past or some dark secret emerging during the story; and the spouse who disappears mysteriously and/or suddenly.

This one gave the viewer a "twofer:" Bill Devane disappears from his family's life suddenly, and Marlo and the kids must contend both with this and secrets emerging simultaneously.

This story didn't have the realism many of this genre have, and realism is hardly a main staple in this genre to begin with. And this IN ADDITION TO the fact that (despite both looking pretty good), Bill Devane and Marlo Thomas were both pushing 67 at this film's release. The producers missed a bet in not making a product placement deal and showing bottles of Viagra and calcium supplements at their bedside or in the bathroom.

And for Pete's sake, the younger child, the son, in real life, could be their GREAT grandson.

As to story, there was nothing overly compelling, even had there been no distraction with regard to the age factor. The story line and performances weren't overwhelming or surprising in any aspect. The "twist" intended at the end wasn't a huge surprise, and it almost seemed that the cast had lost a lot of the minimal energy in their portrayals early. Many of these predictable TV movies present performances which are almost catatonic - this one was the extreme opposite.

Finally, I couldn't help being a bit distracted, wondering what-in-the-hell the circumstances were which led to this opus being made in New Zealand??!! There was nothing unique about the setting, simply portrayed as "Fairfield," a community on a body of water. You hardly have to travel to one of the farthest locales possible on the planet, to make a TV movie with appropriate setting available within an hour or less anywhere in the country.

Since Marlo Thomas is listed as a producer, I would guess she and Phil were looking forward to a visit down under, and combined with this endeavor.

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