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Lies and Deception (2005)

A private investigator helps a woman uncover the secret life of her dead husband.

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Louis Bélanger

Writer:

John Ireland
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mädchen Amick ... Jean Brooks
Andrew W. Walker ... Eddie Fate (as Andrew Walker)
Joseph Kell ... Chris Schwartzman
Ellen Dubin ... Charlotte Porter
Tony Calabretta ... Oscar Ortuso
Linda Smith Linda Smith ... Gladys Lambert (as Linda E. Smith)
Martin Thibaudeau ... Sam Brooks
Isabelle Cyr ... Tarot Reader
Paul Stewart Paul Stewart ... Funeral Rep
Natacha Noël ... Medical Assistant
Laurie Bucci Laurie Bucci ... Receptionist
Chip Chuipka Chip Chuipka ... Emilio Castor
Sofia de Medeiros Sofia de Medeiros ... Cocktail Waitress
Ed Langham Ed Langham ... Simon the Butler
Russell Yuen ... Medical Examiner
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Chicago PD Detective Oscar Ortuso gives Jean Brooks the shocking news that her husband, pediatric oncologist Dr. Sam Brooks, was found dead behind the wheel of a rented vehicle down by the waterfront. The shocking aspect to Jean is not Sam's death in and of itself, but that Sam was declared dead five years ago after he was suspected to have drowned in a boating accident. The only identification on Sam's person which led Oscar to Jean was a medic alert bracelet and a just used one-way plane ticket from Detroit to Chicago. This news is difficult for Jean as she has been unable to move on from what she believed was Sam's death five years ago, something her overbearing mother, Gladys Lambert, has tried to get her to do, and something Jean will have to try and do from the start all over again. As Sam seems to have died from natural causes (a heart attack), Oscar has no choice but to close the case despite he knowing that Jean has questions which are as of yet unanswerable. As such, Oscar ... Written by Huggo

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Doppelleben des Sam Brooks See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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An Average TV Thriller About A Long Dead Husband Who Turns Up Dead...
10 February 2018 | by stephenabellSee all my reviews

Jean Brooks (Amick) is surprised when Detective Ortuso (Calabretta) turns up on her doorstep with news of her husband's death. This is a shock as her husband died five years earlier. The mystery grows deeper as the dead man's identity is proven to be Jean's Husband Sam (Thibaudeau). Unable to help her, Ortuso recommends P.I. Eddie Fate (Walker). They set out to discover what Sam had been doing for the missing five years.

This is a slow burner of a mystery film as the twists and turns unravel slowly. However, this works well within the confines of the story and it allows the actors to shine. Everybody does a good job with their characters, though I think Amick's portrayal is a little lax and lazy. I would've expected more emotion coming from a person in her predicament. Walker does a respectable job with his character and keeps his portrayal engaging, for the viewers.

Belanger directs the film to an average standard. There's no wonderful or iconic shots or camera angles in the movie. He doesn't even use filters to change the atmosphere and mood, opting to work in optimal light at all times. This isn't a bad thing, it doesn't detract from the film but it doesn't add anything new or interesting to keep the audience's attention.

Though it's not too original or adventurous in it's filming I still found the movie enjoyable. For a TV Thriller, it's worth at least one viewing, though I'd only recommend watching it if you have nothing else to watch.


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