Suspect is a drama thriller that takes place in the nation's capital. The film begins with Judge Charles F. Lowell committing suicide after Elizabeth Rose Quinn, his secretary, is found dead. Elizabeth's murder leads to the arrest of Carl Wayne Anderson (Liam Neeson), a poor deaf-mute. Kathleen Riley (Cher), a public defender, reluctantly becomes Carl's new court appointed attorney. Carl initially appears very aggressive, but as Kathleen starts communicate with him, Carl becomes much more sociable. Whether he is really guilty is uncertain, so Kathleen decides to try to find the real killer. Eddie Sanger (Dennis Quaid), a congressional aide who is also part of the jury, aids Kathleen. Together, Kathleen and Eddie discover a dangerous circle of corruption in the justice system. Suspect is one of last great works from the British director Peter Yates. He reminds us of the past with this great movie based on facts about one of the strangest trials in U.S. history.