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Above Suspicion (1995)

Director:
Steven Schachter
COUNTRY
USA
Genre
Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Above Suspicion
RUNNING TIME
93 minutes
Producer:
William Hart
Screenwriter:
Jerry Lazarus
William H. Macy
Steven Schachter


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Dempsey Cain Christopher Reeve
Rhinehart Joe Mantegna
Gail Kim Cattrall
Nick Cain Edward Kerr
Enrique Geoffrey Rivas
Iris Finola Hughes
Prosecutor (DA) William H. Macy

 

Review

It was the ultimate and saddest of ironies; six days after the premiere of Above Suspicion, a psychological detective thriller in which Christopher Reeve plays a paralyzed man, he was himself paralyzed from the neck down after a riding accident. Except for the remake of Rear Window in 1998 (where he obviously again played a paralytic), this was therefore to be his final film. And what a classy way to conclude a career which perhaps never reached full bloom. Here Reeve is self-assured and aptly enigmatic, and the perfect tool for director Steven Schachter to spin William H. Macy's ingenious script around. The cinematography and narrative style is at times a little too typical of 1990s TV-productions, with a rather forgettable intro and some thinly established characters, but once it becomes clear that the script may be a little cleverer than your run-of-the-mill HBO feature and promises something explosive at some point, the film elevates into a tight and suspenseful thriller of classic proportions. Along with the script's increased artfulness, Schachter's direction becomes more assured and delicate, and he shakes off whatever stereotypical elements that were present during the opening part of the film, wrapping up this highly recommended hidden gem in style.

 

Rereview: Copyright 5.11.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review:
Copyright 29.5.1996  Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
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