Suspect

  • 1987
  • Movie
  • R
  • Crime

This tension-filled courtroom drama set in Washington, DC, opens with the suicide of a Supreme Court justice. Then the young Justice Department employee to whom he had given privileged information is discovered dead in the Potomac River. Her purse is found in the possession of a violent street person, Carl Wayne Anderson (Liam Neeson), who is charged with...read more

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This tension-filled courtroom drama set in Washington, DC, opens with the suicide of a Supreme Court justice. Then the young Justice Department employee to whom he had given privileged information is discovered dead in the Potomac River. Her purse is found in the possession of a violent

street person, Carl Wayne Anderson (Liam Neeson), who is charged with her murder. Kathleen Riley (Cher), a public defender, is appointed as counsel for Anderson, a deaf-mute Vietnam veteran. When the trial begins, Eddie Sanger (Dennis Quaid), a lobbyist for the dairy industry, is called to serve

on the jury. He realizes Riley is overlooking a key fact that could free her client, and he contacts her even though he knows it's illegal to do so. Determined to see justice done and more than a little attracted to Riley, Sanger begins his own investigation, supplying a reluctant Riley with

information. SUSPECT is almost a well-made mystery. The pieces of its puzzle are nicely laid out, and the film is punctuated by several tense moments. Despite some plausibility problems, the movie is well handled by director Peter Yates. There is no question that SUSPECT is capable of putting a

lump in one's throat; the problem is that it's a little hard to swallow.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: R
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