UNDER SUSPICION

Third Degree

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Release Date: September 22, 2000

Starring: Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman,
Monica Belluci, & Thomas Jane

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 110 minutes

Distributor: Lions Gate Films

Director: Stephen Hopkins

Executive Producer: Ross Bell, Morgan Freeman,
Gene Hackman, & Maurice
Leblond

Producer: Anne Marie Gillen, Stephen
Hopkins & Lori McCreary

Writer: Tom Provost & W. Pete Iliff

Address Comments To:

Tom Ortenburg & Mark Urman, Co-Presidents
Lions Gate Releasing
561 Broadway
Suite 12B
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 966-4670
Fax: (212) 966-2544
Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

Content:

(H, LLL, V, SS, N, A, D, MM) Mild humanist worldview about a failing marriage & sordid sexual issues, with little redeeming content; 20 obscenities & 10 profanities; some brief violence such as two men scuffle, arguments & implied murders with images of corpses, but nothing really gruesome; implied prostitution & pedophilia, & references to sexually dysfunctional marriage; upper & rear female nudity; alcohol use; smoking; and, overzealous police detective violates superior’s orders, poor marital role models & sordid adult topics.

Summary:

UNDER SUSPICION is a relentless examination of a tragic marriage under the spotlight of an intense police investigation about a couple murdered children. The acting by Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman is strong, but the ending is weak and unbelievable, and the motive for the crimes appears to be pedophilia, which leads to all sorts of sordid revelations about the sex life of Hackman’s character.

Review:

UNDER SUSPICION is a relentless examination of a tragic marriage under the spotlight of an intense police investigation about a couple of murdered young girls. Though the performances are strong and detailed, there’s not enough here, ultimately, to really hold one’s interest. The ending is weak and unbelievable, even though it seems to be almost the whole reason behind making this movie.

In the story, set in Puerto Rico, Gene Hackman plays wealthy tax attorney Henry Hearst. Police Captain Victor Benezet, played by Morgan Freeman, pulls Henry away from an important fund-raising speech. Victor has a few questions for Henry about Henry’s recent discovery of the body of a murdered young girl. As the interrogation proceeds, Henry begins to look more and more guilty of the crimes. Also, Henry’s estranged marriage with his beautiful young wife, Chantal (Monica Belluci), comes under the intense scrutiny of the relentless police captain.

The acting by Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman is strong in UNDER SUSPICION, but there’s a twist at the end of the movie which is unbelievably weak. Also, the motive for the crimes appears to be pedophilia, which leads to all sorts of sordid revelations about the dysfunctional sex life and marriage of Hackman’s character. There’s really no reason, therefore, to sit through the movie other than to admire the acting abilities of the two male leads, old pros though they may be.

In Brief:

UNDER SUSPICION is a relentless examination of a tragic marriage under the spotlight of an intense police investigation about a couple murdered young girls. In the story, set in Puerto Rico, Gene Hackman plays wealthy tax attorney Henry Hearst. Police Captain Victor Benezet, played by Morgan Freeman, pulls Henry away from an important fund-raising speech. Victor has a few questions for Henry about Henry’s recent discovery of the body of a murdered young girl. As the interrogation proceeds, Henry begins to look more and more guilty of the crimes. Also, Henry’s estranged marriage with his beautiful young wife comes under the intense scrutiny of the relentless police captain.

The acting by Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman is strong in UNDER SUSPICION, but there’s a twist at the end of the movie which is unbelievably weak. Also, the motive for the crimes appears to be pedophilia, which leads to all sorts of sordid revelations about the dysfunctional sex life and marriage of Hackman’s character. There’s really no reason, therefore, to sit through the movie other than to admire the acting abilities of the two male leads, old pros though they may be