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Deceiver (1997)

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A hooker is found cut in two. 2 cops give polygraph tests to the only suspect, James, an unstable genius. After some time, the roles change.

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Jonas Pate, Josh Pate

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Roth ... Wayland
Chris Penn ... Det. Phillip Braxton
Michael Rooker ... Det. Edward Kennesaw
Renée Zellweger ... Elizabeth
Ellen Burstyn ... Mook
Rosanna Arquette ... Mrs. Kennesaw
Don Winston Don Winston ... Warren
Michael Parks ... Dr. Banyard
Mark Damon ... Wayland's Father
J.C. Quinn ... Priest
Jody Wilhelm Jody Wilhelm ... Mrs. Wayland
Ocie Pouncie Ocie Pouncie ... Boogie
Bob Hungerford ... Jebby
Genevieve Butler Genevieve Butler ... Mary Kennesaw
Chelsea Butler Chelsea Butler ... Chelsea Kennesaw
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Storyline

Textile company heir Wayland is accused of murder of a prostitute named Elizabeth, whose body was found cut in two in the park. The murder is investigated by tough detective Kennesaw and his less experienced partner Braxton. Wayland is a heavy drinker and compulsive liar, he is prone to memory losses and periods of heavy violence. He is rich enough to access necessary information, and he gets the interrogators' own dark secrets - Kennesaw is angry about affairs his wife had and had let off steam with Elizabeth, and Braxton has gambling debts with Mook, who is demanding payment. Written by Anonymous

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There are two sides to every lie.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

MGM | Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Earl Watt See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$279,103, 1 February 1998

Gross USA:

$572,433

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$572,433
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MDP Worldwide See more »
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Runtime:

| (TV)

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DTS | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Final film of Mark Damon. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
James Walter Wayland: I'm cutting across the park, just below the reservoir. It's a nice night. I feel like walking. I met a girl on the path I knew. We had a brief conversation, then I continued on. I never saw her again.
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Awakening
Composed and Performed by Paul Robb
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2 cops try to solve a murder by using a polygraph
6 September 1999 | by helpless_dancerSee all my reviews

An epileptic man takes a lie detector test to prove he had nothing to do with the death of a stripper. During the test, the private lives of the investigators comes to light due to an investigation by the investigated man. This causes the case to take a strange turn. The film flashed back and forth in time showing the cheap tawdry lives of all involved in the bizarre circumstances. Great story and fascinating dialogue kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. 4 stars.


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