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Suspect is an endearingly silly suspense movie with an excellent cast. Cher stars as Washington, D.C., public defender Kathleen Riley, who is beginning to question the meaning of her career. (Before you prejudge, she's perfectly believable as a lawyer. It's the overtly Irish moniker she can't quite pull off.) A murder victim is found in the Potomac, a mute homeless man (Liam Neeson) stands accused, and Riley gets the case. Can it be that the homeless guy is innocent? Can it be that this whole thing just might go right to the top? I don't want to spoil it for you, but I think you know which way the smart money is betting. Luckily Dennis Quaid is on the scene, playing that rarest of creatures, the heroic congressional lobbyist. Suspect has a refreshingly cheerful disregard for courtroom procedure, the rules of evidence (apparently it's OK to root around crime scenes and pick stuff up), and you could fit the Capitol dome itself through some of the holes in the plot. But once you're comfortable with the fact that you're in a world where special movie laws apply, it's a very enjoyable flick. Watch it in good health and remember: if you're going to question a highly dangerous homeless man in a terrible neighborhood, for heaven's sake do it alone in the dead of night. --Ali Davis

DVD Features

  • Director's Commentary
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Talent Files
  • Interactive Menus
  • Production Notes
  • Scene Selections

Cast

CherKathleen Riley
Dennis QuaidEddie Sanger
Liam NeesonCarl Wayne Anderson
John MahoneyJudge Matthew Bishop Helms
Joe MantegnaCharlie Stella
Philip BoscoPaul Gray
Fred MelamedMorty Rosenthal
Lisbeth BartlettMarilyn
Bill CobbsJudge Franklin
Richard GantEverett Bennett

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Peter Yates
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 121 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1, Standard 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 23, 1987
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 8, 2001
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