Suspect (1987)


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British filmmaker Peter Yates directs Suspect, a suspenseful courtroom drama set in Washington, D.C. After a Supreme Court justice commits suicide and a Justice Department secretary is found dead, a deaf-mute homeless veteran, Carl Wayne Anderson (Liam Neeson), is the suspected killer. Lonely yet dedicated public defender Kathleen Riley (Cher) is assigned to the case to represent Anderson. Suave lobbyist Eddie Sanger (Dennis Quaid) is on the jury, but he starts his own investigation by finding … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Joanne Pagliaro, Eric Roth
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On DVD: May 8, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


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as Eddie Sanger

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as Morty Rosenthal

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as Justice Lowell

as Elizabeth Quinn

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as Helms' Court Clerk

as Forensic Pathologist

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as Judge Louis Weiss

as Everett Bennett

as Doris, Video Typist

as Helms' Court Clerk

as Helms' Court Steno

as Helms' Court Marshal

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as Marvin Johnson

as Club Congressman

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as Bag Lady at River

as Depot Derelict

as Dr. Alan Alpert

as Hotel Marshal

as Court Marshal

as Judge Ansel Stewart

as Security Guard

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as Message Clerk

as Mr. Davis

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Audience Reviews for Suspect

Ahh a film from 1987 when Cher was looking go without any Nip and Tuck, and gas was 87 cents a gallon, sign seen in background. Funny and hard to imagine a time without cell phones where if you wanted to make a call you had to use a pay phone. Early in Liam Neeson career to see him as a homeless deaf and dumb person who is accused of murder and Cher is his public defender. Dennis Quaid is on the jury but also providing Cher with information to help her case. A very enjoyable film one I missed when it was on the big screen, worth the sit-down, 4 Stars 3-20-12

Bruce Bruce

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I saw this on TV some time ago, I barely remember it, but I remember that it was a good courtroom drama and thriller, with a good cast. It's good.

Aj V

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Cast: Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney, Joe Mantegna, Fred Melamed, Philip Bosco, Michael Beach, Bill Cobbs

Director: Peter Yates

Summary: When a Supreme Court judge commits suicide and his secretary is found murdered, all fingers point to Carl Anderson (Liam Neeson), a homeless veteran who's deaf and mute. But when public defender Kathleen Riley (Cher) is assigned to his case, she begins to believe that Anderson may actually be innocent. Juror Eddie Sanger (Dennis Quaid), a Washington lobbyist, agrees, and together the pair begins their own investigation of events.

My Thoughts: "It was a decent suspense/thriller. The film had a good pace, never leaving you bored. The performances were good by all. The ending is a bit of a twist. I was surprised. I loved Dennis Quaid in this, and it was interesting seeing Cher play a lawyer of all things. A good mystery film worth checking out at least once."


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