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Suspect (1987)




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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.

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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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Critic Reviews for Suspect

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (1)

Suspect is a well-made thriller, but it was spoiled for me by an extraordinary closing scene where Cher, as the defense attorney, solves the case with all of the logic of a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

[Director Peter] Yates limits himself to illustrating, and not always in a good way, Eric Roth's original script. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Suspect is a thoroughly enjoyable example of an overworked genre.

November 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The implausible screenplay makes Suspect a very mediocre movie.

August 27, 2004 | Full Review…

Highly entertaining mystery, with some real sexual tension between Cher and Quaid

January 11, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

A fantastic courtroom thriller from the 80's with a fine performance by Cher. Deserves to be a classic of the genre.

January 29, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

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

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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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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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