Under Suspicion (2000 film)

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Under Suspicion
Under Suspicion.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Stephen Hopkins
Produced by Lori McCreary
Anne Marie Gillen
Stephen Hopkins
Executive producers
Morgan Freeman
Gene Hackman
Maurice Leblond
Ross Grayson Bell
Screenplay by Tom Provost
W. Peter Iliff
Based on Brainwash 
by John Wainwright
Garde à vue 
by Claude Miller
Jean Herman
Michel Audiard
Starring Gene Hackman
Morgan Freeman
Thomas Jane
Miguel Angel Suarez
Nydia Caro
Monica Bellucci
Music by BT
Cinematography Peter Levy
Edited by John Smith
Distributed by Lions Gate
Release dates
  • May 11, 2000 (2000-05-11) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • September 22, 2000 (2000-09-22) (United States)
Running time
110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million
Box office $260,562 (North America)

Under Suspicion is a 2000 American thriller film directed by Stephen Hopkins. It stars Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Monica Bellucci and Thomas Jane. The film is based on the 1981 French film Garde à vue and the 1970s British novel Brainwash, written by John Wainwright. It was screened out of competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Henry Hearst (Gene Hackman) is about to give the main speech in an exclusive party in Puerto Rico. He is called to the police station to be questioned about his finding of a raped and murdered young girl the day before. Victor Benezet (Morgan Freeman), and the younger Detective Felix Owens (Thomas Jane) question him. Hearst changes his stories several times: he was jogging with a neighbour's dog, he found her, the dog found her, he was jogging without the dog, so the police think he has done it, Benezet is pressured by his boss (Miguel Ángel Suárez) to free Hearst so that he can give his speech. As there are no conclusive proofs, Benezet has to let him go.

At the party, a crowd is gossiping, and Chantal Hearst (Monica Bellucci), Henry's wife, has to keep her face above water. She will be questioned later, after her husband gives his speech without his wig, to confirm why she and her husband sleep in separate rooms. Little by little, the story each of them tells changes.

Hearst first blames Chantal for being jealous. Then, it's discovered he likes cheap, very young prostitutes. Hearst says that Chantal and artist Paco Rodriguez (Luis Caballero) are lovers. He's the husband of Chantal's sister María (Jacqueline Duprey). Chantal says that she saw Hearst with her niece Camille (Isabel Algaze) giving her presents and trying to seduce her. Also, she tells that once she saw her husband washing his blood-stained clothes at night.

Pressure over Henry increases. Finally, the legal owner of the mansion where they live (it was Henry's present), signs a permission to let the police look for more clear proofs. At the dark room, they find the photos of the two murdered girls and many previous snapshots of them. Henry says that it must be Chantal's trap. He doesn't divorce her because she would be entitled to one half of everything and the mansion.

Ultimately, he breaks under the pressure and confesses to the crimes; just as the detectives are notified that the real killer has been arrested "caught in the act." Benezet and Owens then free Henry, But Henry never forgives Chantal for trying to frame him.



Based on 44 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, 50% of critics gave Under Suspicion a positive review, with an average rating of 5.3/10.[2]

The film was given limited release to only 19 theaters in North America grossing a total of $260,562 during its theatrical run.[3] The film was also given limited release internationally grossing $752,783 in Mexico, $17,222 in Taiwan, and $277,675 in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta.[4]

The film was nominated by the Mystery Writers of America for the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Motion Picture.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Under Suspicion". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved October 17, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Under Suspicion (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Under Suspicion (2000)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Under Suspicion (2000): Foreign". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved December 9, 2010. 

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