Deceiver (film)

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Directed by Jonas Pate
Josh Pate
Produced by Mark Damon
Peter Glatzer
John Saviano
Don Winston
Written by Jonas Pate
Josh Pate
Starring Tim Roth
Chris Penn
Michael Rooker
Rosanna Arquette
Renée Zellweger
Ellen Burstyn
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Bill Butler
Edited by Dan Lebental
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
31 August 1997 (Venice Film Festival)
Running time
101 minutes
Country  United States
Language English

Deceiver is a 1997 murder mystery film. It won Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay at the 1997 Stockholm Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize at the 1998 Cognac Police Film Festival.


Textile company heir James Wayland (Tim Roth) is accused of murdering a prostitute named Elizabeth (Renée Zellweger), whose body was found cut in two. The murder is investigated by tough detective Kennesaw (Michael Rooker) and his less experienced partner Braxton (Chris Penn). Wayland is a heavy drinker and compulsive liar, prone to memory losses and periods of violence. He is rich enough to access necessary information, however, and he soon learns his interrogators' own dark secrets - Kennesaw had an affair with Elizabeth to get back at his wife (Rosanna Arquette) for cheating on him, while Braxton has gambling debts with a bookie named Mook (Ellen Burstyn), who is demanding payment.


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