Under Suspicion

Critics Consensus

Though Hackman and Freeman turn in solid performances, Under Suspicion moves at a plodding rate and has a disappointing ending.



Total Count: 45


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When a powerful man is accused of murder, who tells the truth -- the man, or his estranged wife? Henry Hearst (Gene Hackman), an American attorney living in Puerto Rico, is called in to speak with police detective Victor Benezet (Morgan Freeman). A few days earlier, Hearst reported finding the body of a 12-year-old girl while taking his dog for a walk; however, investigators now believe that Hearst may have had a greater involvement in the crime than he's admitting. Under intense questioning by a confident young cop named Owens (Thomas Jane) and gentler but firm interrogation from Benezet, several cracks begin to appear in Hearst's story, but he's able to persuade the police to allow him to leave long enough to take part in a fund-raising function he'd promised to attend. However, upon his return, Hearst discovers that Benezet and Owens have been questioning someone else -- his wife Chantal (Monica Bellucci), who has been on poor terms with her husband for some time. Under Suspicion was based on the novel Brainwash by John Wainwright, which was previously filmed by French director Claude Miller as Garde a vue.

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Critic Reviews for Under Suspicion

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Audience Reviews for Under Suspicion

  • Mar 18, 2012
    Good atmosphere but the film goes nowhere
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2011
    No one comes out of this completely untarnished in a film devoted to the frailty and imperfection of the human condition. Save for several flashback scenes, it could easily have been a stage play relying heavily, as it does, on the close, tense and often claustrophobic interactions of its heavyweight cast. Not always a comfortable experience but well worth the effort.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2009
    Cast:Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Monica Bellucci, Nydia Caro, Miguel Ángel Suárez, Pablo Cunqueiro, Isabel Algaze, Jacqueline Duprey Director:Stephen Hopkins Summary: This remake of a 1981 French thriller chronicles the harrowing experience of Henry Hearst (Gene Hackman), a tax lawyer vacationing in San Juan, Puerto Rico, who discovers the body of a murdered 12-year-old and promptly becomes the main suspect. Local cops Victor Benezet (Morgan Freeman) and Detective Owens (Thomas Jane) will stop at nothing to catch their man, and Hearst must convince them they're mistaken. Who's telling the truth? My Thoughts: "I thought it was an interesting mystery thriller. You have two greats going at it, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman. I go back and forth from thinking he did to he didn't. My initial thought was no. Then they bring some uncertain topics up that make you think, "maybe". In the end I really liked how it played out and I was surprised by the ending. I found Thomas Jane to be a little over dramatic and his character to be annoying. But besides that, the acting was good from all."
  • Aug 22, 2009
    Minimalist drama with a surprising lot to say about betrayal, perception, character, and as the potboiler ending nears, the weight of suspicion itself. Has an inventive use of static, stagebound settings, and Gene Hackman gives a tour-de-force performance.
    hawk l Super Reviewer

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