Deceiver (film)

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Deceiver Poster.jpg
Directed byJonas Pate
Josh Pate
Produced byMark Damon
Peter Glatzer
John Saviano
Don Winston
Written byJonas Pate
Josh Pate
Music byHarry Gregson-Williams
CinematographyBill Butler
Edited byDan Lebental
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 31, 1997 (1997-08-31) (Venice Film Festival)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$572,433

Deceiver (UK title: Liar) is a 1997 American mystery film directed by Jonas Pate and Josh Pate and starring Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Michael Rooker, Renee Zellweger, Ellen Burstyn and Rosanna Arquette. 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 known as "Mook" (Ellen Burstyn), who is demanding $20,000 payment.



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