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Under Suspicion (2000)

A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. This will only take ten minutes, they say, but it turns out to be one ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Detective Felix Owens
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Chantal Hearst
Nydia Caro ...
Isabella
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Superintendent
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Detective Castillo
Isabel Algaze ...
Camille Rodriguez
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Maria Rodriguez
Luis Caballero ...
Paco Rodriguez
Patricia Beato ...
Darlita
Sahyly Esponda ...
Reina (as Sahyly Yamile)
Hector Travieso ...
Peter
Marisol Calero ...
Sergeant Arias
Vanessa Shenk ...
Sue Ellen Huddy
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A lawyer is asked to come to the police station to clear up a few loose ends in his witness report of a foul murder. This will only take ten minutes, they say, but it turns out to be one loose end after another, and the ten minutes he is away from his speech become longer and longer... Written by Maarten Hofman <maarten_hofman@hotmail.com>

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A hidden past, a secret life, witness or suspect, guilty or innocent? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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15 November 2000 (France)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$109,863, 24 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$258,691, 22 October 2000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The pictures behind the desk, when Morgan Freeman interrogated Gene Hackman, was the actual Governor of Puerto Rico, Pedro Rossello, and the other pictures was the Superintendent of the Police, Pedro Toledo. See more »

Goofs

After returning from his errand to get Henry a "Cold Drink", it seems detective Owens carries a large Styrofoam cup with a lid attached by pinching the lip at the top of the cup and swinging it as he walks. It would seem to prove that this was a prop - the hollow sound as it hits the table adding to the effect. In fact, the detective holds a can of soda as well, and he places it behind the cup. See more »

Quotes

Captain Victor Benezet: Go home. Put on a funny hat. Do whatever it is morons do.
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Connections

References Three Little Pigs (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Requiem
(1790)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Puts me in mind of SE7EN...
22 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Like SE7EN there is weird (albeit appropriate) music. Like SE7EN there is a jumpy, ADD-inflected title sequence. Like SE7EN this film is dark and dreary, a vision of an ill-lit and illicit milieu, raising far more questions than it answers. And Morgan Freeman is playing yet another world-weary detective, swamped by serial killings. There is even a young, hot-headed cop involved, although Thomas Jane (Detective Owens) is certainly no Brad Pitt. He was so grating in his part that I kept wishing he would get off the screen so the two leads could get at it.

And so they do. If in their last appearance together in UNFORGIVEN Hackman's character was tormenting Freeman's, then it is somehow fitting that here it is the latter's Capt. Victor Benezet who interrogates, berates, persecutes and ultimately breaks down the resistance of Hackman's Henry Hearst, an attorney who verily has a fool for a client. Capt. Benezet may position himself as the 'good' cop in the 'good cop/bad cop' scenarios he sets up with Detective Owens, and later, Detective Castillo (Pablo Cunqueiro); but he is ever questioning, ever probing, ever seeking in his interrogations the heart of this dark matter. He is even insinuated into his witnesses' recollections, through a cool cinematographic trick appearing and asking questions in situ in the midst of the film's flashbacks.

In spite of interruptions from underlings, superiors, and ultimately Hearst's spouse Chantal (Monica Bellucci in a tight, controlled performance) , over the course of the film one by one the lies and half-truths are stripped away, leaving Hearst with only his moral turpitude and his pitifully sparse self-justifications intact. It is only another interruption from one of Benezet's people that jerks us away from the sleazy, soul-shorn sight. Yet the revelation that follows twists and tears, sending our belief in this story and its implications into a dizzying, perhaps fatal spin.

In the ending sequence Chantal and Henry Hearst walk towards each other, but somehow do not connect. They end up sitting apart. In a way that relates to the way UNDER SUSPICION acts upon its viewers. Sorry, no neat, happy ending here. Not even a coherent one.


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