Suspect

1987

Suspect

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In the thriller Suspect, a public defender (Cher) has to defend a homeless deaf man who is unjustly accused of murder. One of the jurors (Dennis Quaid) is a lobbyist who illegally begins investigating the case, and soon the two uncover a government conspiracy, in which the murder played a part.

Cast

Cher
as Kathleen Riley
Dennis Quaid
as Eddie Sanger
Liam Neeson
as Carl Wayne Anderson
John Mahoney
as Judge Matthew Bishop Helms
Joe Mantegna
as Charlie Stella
Philip Bosco
as Assistant US Attorney General Paul Gray
E. Katherine Kerr
as Congressperson Grace Comisky
Fred Melamed
as Morty Rosenthal
Paul D'Amato
as Michael
Bernie McInerney
as Walter Abbott, Eddie's Senior Partner
Thomas Barbour
as Justice Lowell
Katie O'Hare
as Elizabeth Quinn
Rosemary Knower
as Justice Lowell's Secretary
Aaron Schwartz
as Forensic Pathologist
Lloyd White
as Detective
Bill Cobbs
as Arraignment Judge Franklin
Sam Gray
as Judge Louis Weiss
Richard Gant
as Everett Bennett
Sandi Ross
as Doris, Video Typist
Paul de la Rosa
as Helms' Court Clerk
Siona Dixon
as Helms' Court Steno
Gene Mack
as Helms' Court Marshal
Jim Walton
as Helms' Court Marshal
Stefan Graham
as Marvin Johnson
Robert Walsh
as Club Congressman
Edwin M. Adams
as Congressman
Michael Beach
as Parking Lot Attendant
Prudence Barry
as Bag Lady at River
Carl Jackson
as Depot Derelict
Billy Williams
as Dr. Alan Alpert
Tony Craig
as Hotel Marshal
Paul Hjelmervik
as Court Marshal
Ralph Cosham
as Judge Ansel Stewart
Wendy E. Taylor
as Security Guard
R.C. Coleman
as Arraignment Court Clerk
Djanet Sears
as Message Clerk
Jack Jessop
as Mr. Davis
Greg McKinney
as Plainsclothes Cop
Darryl Palmer
as Assistant US Attorney
David Lyle
as Morty's Assistant
Sandra Bowie
as Public Defender's Office Client
Fred Strother
as Public Defender's Office Client
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Audience Reviews for Suspect

  • Mar 20, 2012
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Feb 12, 2010
    This is very good..an exting movie about a innocent homless man(liam Neeson)..who is aressted for murder on an young girl..and cher as his lawyer who seeking the truhf..John Mahoney is very good as the judge..a must see!!!... SUSPECT (1987) is an involving film, but one that is peppered with actions that are either implausible or at least highly improbable. If your ability to suspend disbelief is strong, you will probably find yourself enjoying some of the courtroom drama and thriller aspects of the film - numerous flaws and all. None of the acting is great, but it is fairly compelling, and director Peter Yates (from THE RUN OF THE COUNTRY) knows how to make entertaining films. In SUSPECT, a Washington DC judge commits suicide and his secretary is killed. A homeless person Carl Wayne Anderson (Liam Neeson from ROB ROY) is accused of killing her for the nine dollars in her purse. Anderson is assigned to overworked public defender Kathleen Riley (Cher). Anderson attacks and hurts her as well as some of the guards. Soon however, they find out he is "deaf and dumb" and a Vietnam vet with a troubled past. He never learned to sign since he had no one to talk to. The show switches to the capital where lobbyist Eddie Sanger (Dennis Quaid from THE RIGHT STUFF) does everything including sleeping with a Congresswoman to get her vote. Sanger is called to be on Anderson's jury. Although he tries to get off, he is unsuccessful. In a show full of unbelievable actions, he falls for Riley and starts investigating the case on his own. He meets with her on the sly to share his ideas on how to approach the case. Sure. Meanwhile, Riley is being stalked by a religious fanatic and homeless person. He threatens to kill her with a knife. Making her life equally miserable is a Republican judge, Judge Matthew Helms (John Mahoney from PRIMAL FEAR), who for some mysterious reason wants the trial over quickly with no delays no matter how valid Riley's reasons. Yes, this show is quite predictable. If a Hollywood screenwriter makes a point of labeling someone a Republican, the wardrobe department might as well have him wear a black hat through the rest of the picture. The music by Michael Kamen is sappy. Whenever the director needs extra tension, and Eric Roth's script can't provide enough, Yates turns to the composer to crack up the violins. Actually, the script gets almost laughable at points. After complaining about not seeing a movie in a year and not being able to have a kid because she is too busy to date, Riley laments, "I spend all of my day with murders and rapists, and what's really crazy, I like them." Even with the ridiculous script, I managed somehow to like the performances by Cher and Quaid. One of my favorite small actors Joe Mantegna (from HOUSE OF GAMES) plays prosecutor Charlie Stella. As for Neeson, this is one of my least favorite of his films. His performance in it does nothing for me. I could probably write an article just on the flaws of the show. Among those not already mentioned are the fact that Riley somehow immediately knows that Anderson is left-handed. She also talks to him expecting to be heard when she is not looking at him. Since he doesn't read lips and can't hear, this makes it a little difficult. Nevertheless, he seems to be able to hear part of what she is saying anyway. Typical of the show, the ending comes out of left field. A fun show to watch in parts, but one where they feel the audience is not smart enough to see through all of the ridiculous contrivances in the plot.
    Martin D Super Reviewer
  • Nov 04, 2009
    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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