Auggie Rose (Beyond Suspicion) (2001)
A man is given an unusual opportunity at a second chance in life in this drama. John Nolan (Jeff Goldblum) is a successful but unsatisfied insurance agent whose life takes an unexpected turn one day when he happens to witness a robbery at a liquor store that goes horribly wrong. The store's counterman is shot in the midst of the confusion, and as he dies, Nolan discovers his name is Auggie Rose (Kim Coates) and that he had been released from prison only a few days earlier. Nolan is certain he was somehow responsible for the tragic shooting, and promises to honor his final wish by passing a message along to Lucy (Anne Heche), a woman who had been corresponding with Auggie while he was behind bars. When Nolan meets Lucy, he decides to tell her he's Auggie Rose, and soon he finds himself living a double life, romancing Lucy as Auggie while trying to keep up appearances with his wife (Nancy Travis). Auggie Rose was originally announced to star William H. Macy as John Nolan, but when scheduling conflicts forced Macy to drop out of the project, Jeff Goldblum signed on, less than two weeks before shooting began. … More
as John C. Nolan
as Lucy Brown
as Roy Mason
as Auggie Rose
as Oscar Weeks
as Pawn Shop Owner
as Car Salesman
as Dr. Sachs
as Mr. Williams
as Desk Sargent
as Mr. Lark
as Detective Cole
as Maitre D'
as Deli Owner No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Auggie Rose (Beyond Suspicion)
Tabak's directing debut is carefully plotted, well acted and surprisingly free of cheap thrills.
Strong supporting actors ... give performances that serve to make their co-stars or the material look worse.
Goldblum gives a satisfying performance as a man desperate to escape his mundane, privileged life.
Begins to feel like a coffeehouse conversation about a movie that's all about meanings and motif rather than substance and characters.
Only the latest feature to suck the air out of Destiny, moviedom's current bogeyman.
Auggie Rose has the makings of a TV movie though director Matthew Tabak engages noir idiom to quaint effect.
Mostly succeeds, thanks to Tabak's level pacing and Goldblum's rich performance.
The acting surprise in this odd and interesting film is Anne Heche, who suppresses her sexy, acerbic essence and completely slips into the skin of Auggie's pen pal.
A much better film than I ever expected it could be, largely thanks to Goldblum's prodigious acting chops.
Has the earmarks of a sleeper: an unusual and involving premise persuasively and fully realized.
A picture that feels awfully slight.
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