Suspect (film)

Suspect (Film)

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Suspect (film)

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Suspect is a 1987 mystery/courtroom film drama starring Cher, Dennis Quaid and Liam Neeson.

Other notable cast members include John Mahoney, Joe Mantegna, Fred Melamed, and Philip Bosco. The film was directed by Peter Yates.


In Washington DC, Carl Wayne Anderson is a homeless, deaf-mute Vietnam veteran accused of murdering Elizabeth Quinn, a file clerk at the Justice Department. Kathleen Riley is the beleaguered D.C. public defender assigned to represent Anderson.

An agribusiness lobbyist who normally works on Capitol Hill, Eddie Sanger, is approved as a member of the jury by Riley despite his attempt to be excused. Sanger begins investigating the details of the murder himself, eventually teaming up with Riley beyond the observation of the trial's suspicious judge.

Sanger also keeps busy in his work as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill, including his efforts to win passage of a bill by seducing a Congresswoman.

Around Christmas, a United States Supreme Court Justice commits suicide, for which no explanation or context is given. We only see the Justice making a tape recording and then shooting himself. Shortly after the suicide, Elizabeth Quinn's body is found floating in the Potomac river, and Carl Wayne Anderson is arrested for the crime, based almost entirely on the fact that he was seen sleeping in Quinn's car the night of her murder.

The car was abandoned in the desolate K Street parking lot. Anderson, it is eventually revealed, found the car unlocked and was just looking...
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