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   Source:  People Weekly, Nov 9, 1987 v28 n19 p14(1).
    Title:  Suspect._(movie reviews)
   Author:  Ralph Novak
 Subjects:  Motion pictures - Reviews
   People:  Neeson, Liam
            Yates, Peter
            Kerr, E. Katherine
Rev Grade:  C
  Magazine Collection:  42G1171
Electronic Collection:  A6099401
                   RN:  A6099401

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SUSPECT It has always been so easy to like Cher that it is a thoroughgoing
pleasure now to be able to admire her too.  Any lingering doubts about her
being an accomplished actress should be dispelled by this film, which she and
Dennis Quaid carry on sheer force of personality.  The film's director, the
erratic Peter (Breaking Away, Eleni) Yates, and its writer, newcomer Eric
Roth, provide them with only the barest framework of a story: A used-up
Washington, D.C., public defender (Cher) reluctantly takes on the case of a
deaf-mute accused of murder.  When the case comes to trial, she winds up
entangled with a juror, Quaid, who takes a sudden personal interest in justice
as well as in the legal talent.  As for the plot . . . well, if coincidences
had weight, you'd need a crane to lift this film.  Among the oh-come-on
contrivances, try this: Quaid, a slick dairy-industry lobbyist, decides to
investigate the murder in his spare time during the trial and starts prowling
around the slummiest D.C. areas in the middle of the night.  Does he get his
head bashed in, would you guess, or does he find the missing witness?  What's
remarkable is that Cher and Quaid are able to sustain any interest at all. 
Yet Cher seems convincingly burned out, and Quaid, who is not above sleeping
with a Congresswoman to gain a vote crucial for dairies, suggests the
glimmerings of conscience behind the hustle.  There are other deft
performances too.  Irish actor Liam Neeson, as the defendant, manages to
convey a lot of despair and frustration with zero lines.  E. Katherine
(Children of a Lesser God) Kerr, as the Representative who finds Quaid among
her strange bedfellows, has a touchingly haunted quality.  The cast has a
hopeless task, like a team of chefs who have been ordered to make a gourmet
meal out of bread crumbs, radishes and cold gravy.  But it's fun watching them
try. (R) -- Ralph Novak
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