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Deceived (1991)



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Goldie Hawn delivers a surprisingly understated performance (allowing the audience to shift their laughter from the usually comic Hawn to the unbelievable storyline) in the unsuccessful thriller Deceived. Hawn plays Adrienne Saunders, a successful art restorer who is married to Jack (John Heard), a devoted husband who is also an expert in the antiques business. Married for six years and parents of a charming 5-year-old daughter Mary (Ashley Peldon), the Saunders appear to have everything going for them. But after a series of odd occurrences that even an idiot would notice, Adrienne finally comes the conclusion that her husband is not the man she thought he was when she married him. After Jack tells Mary that he was in Boston but Adrienne's friend tells her she saw him in New York, the mysterious clues begin piling up and are too numerous to ignore: there's a call from a department store concerning some sexy lingerie that Jack purchased; a friend is found murdered after checking on the authenticity of an Egyptian necklace; and there are indications that Jack was involved with a scheme to steal artifacts from a museum. Adrienne is finally convinced that something is fishy about her husband when he mysteriously dies is an auto wreck, and she discovers that Jack has been using the name of a man who had died 16 years earlier. Adrienne proceeds to polish her magnifying glass and conducts some detective work on her own to find out who her husband really was. This is when the danger really begins.

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Goldie Hawn
as Adrienne
Robin Bartlett
as Charlotte
Tom Irwin
as Harvey
Maia Filar
as Carol Gingold
Jan Rubes
as Tomasz
Kate Reid
as Rosalie
Amy Wright
as Evelyn Wade
Beatrice Straight
as Adrienne's Mother
George R. Robertson
as Adrienne's Father
Heidi von Palleske
as Mrs. Peabody
Stanley Anderson
as Det. Kinsella
Damon Redfern
as Maitre d'
Io Perry
as Museum Employee
Nancy Cser
as Harvey's Girlfriend
Vince Metcalfe
as 1st Policeman
Conrad Coates
as 2nd Policeman
Michael Copeman
as Assistant Coroner
Brenda Kamino
as Mrs. Dagota
Bruce MacVittie
as Social Security Man
Gemma Barry
as Carol's Nanny
Kim Staunton
as Board of Education Woman
Laura Hawn
as Evelyn's Mother
Jay Bowen
as Cab Driver
Mary Kane
as Cathy
Ann McDonough
as Mrs. Gingold
Michael Countryman
as Mr. Gingold
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Critic Reviews for Deceived

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

Given these fundamental caveats, Deceived is diverting, if disposable, fun. Director Damian Harris knows how to keep an audience's attention.

April 7, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Deceived opens with an ancient thriller formula, elevates itself to passages of genuine suspense, and then ends with a climax so absurd that it takes a real effort of memory to recall that parts of the movie were really pretty good.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The problem with Deceived, and its rather hobblingly bland title, is not so much Hawn as a premise which doesn't quite know how to utilize its potential.

August 25, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

It is maddening that characters in a film like this have to be so rich in order for the plot to work.

July 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Neat, if contrived, love story/murder mystery.

September 10, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Substandard 90s thriller.

June 3, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Deceived

A successful, attractive New Yorker Adrienne (Goldie Hawn) meets the man who seems to be Mr. Right (Jack played by John Heard) and their marriage is everything she hoped it would be, until he suddenly and mysteriously dies. As more evidence starts to arise about Jack's life before and during his marriage to Adrienne, it becomes obvious that he's somehow not the person that she's married to and he may have been involved in criminal activity or having an affair with someone else. It had great promise but the little twists and turns seems contrived as Goldie Hawn goes about unraveling this complicated mystery of her husband's identity. Goldie Hawn is always good to watch and I enjoyed John Heard is at his deliciously evil best.

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer

This underrated Goldie Hawn thriller is hot stuff. She's the woman with the perfect marriage who uncovers disturbing details about her husband after he dies. All expectations to the contrary, Hawn actually acts here, emitting barely any of her girlish giggles. Though it's never clear why she doesn't just go to the police when things turn nasty, the tension builds nicely throughout, with a superbly tense finale that avoids most of the cliché traps other recent thrillers fall into.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Great thriller. Goldie finds out after her husband's funeral that her husband had a double life.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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