Above Suspicion (2019 film)

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Above Suspicion
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPhillip Noyce
Screenplay byChris Gerolmo
Based onAbove Suspicion
1993 novel
by Joe Sharkey
Produced by
CinematographyElliot Davis
Edited byMartin Nicholson
Music byDickon Hinchliffe
Distributed byLionsgate
Release dates
  • June 20, 2019 (2019-06-20) (United Arab Emirates)
  • May 7, 2021 (2021-05-07) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes[1][2]
CountryUnited States
Box office$25,396[1]

Above Suspicion is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, from a screenplay by Chris Gerolmo, based upon Joe Sharkey's non-fiction book of the same name revolving around the murder of Susan Smith. It stars Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston, Sophie Lowe, Austin Hébert, Karl Glusman, Chris Mulkey, Omar Miller, Kevin Dunn, Thora Birch and Johnny Knoxville.

It was released in the United States on May 7, 2021, by Lionsgate.


Susan Smith is a drug addict who lives with her abusive boyfriend Cash and two young daughters in a run-down trailer in Pikeville, Kentucky. She meets ambitious rookie agent assigned to an FBI field office and he recruits Susan as his informant for a high-profile case. Susan believes her bad luck may finally be changing, but as their relationship deepens, so does the danger, setting in motion a downward spiral of jealousy, betrayal and violence resulting in one of the most notorious crimes in FBI history.



Thora Birch as Jolene on set

The film was announced during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Philip Noyce was set as director, with Emilia Clarke and Jack Huston cast as the film's two main leads.[3][4] The production began filming in Lexington, Kentucky on May 24, 2016.[5] Omar Benson Miller was cast on May 25, 2016,[6] with May 27 seeing the additions of Thora Birch and Johnny Knoxville to the cast, alongside numerous other supporting actors.[7] Filming took place in central and eastern Kentucky – in Lexington in Fayette County, and in Bourbon and Harlan counties – in 2016.[8][9]


It was first released in the United Arab Emirates on June 20, 2019.[1] Its theatrical release in the United States and on VOD was on May 7, 2021 by Lionsgate.[2][10]


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 25% based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10.[10] On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 46 out of 100, based on nine critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[11]


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  2. ^ a b "Above Suspicion (2021) - Financial Information". The Numbers. The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  3. ^ "Cannes: Emilia Clarke, Jack Huston to Star in Thriller 'Above Suspicion'". The Hollywood Reporter. May 3, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2023.
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (May 3, 2016). "Jack Huston & Emilia Clarke To Star In Phillip Noyce's 'Above Suspicion' – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  5. ^ "Film "Above Suspicion" seeking paid extras in Kentucky". WYMT-TV. May 16, 2016. Retrieved March 18, 2023.
  6. ^ Busch, Anita (May 25, 2016). "Omar Miller Joins 'Above Suspicion'; Rooster Teeth Kickstarts Another $1M; 'The Last Gold' Swims With Tugg". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  7. ^ Busch, Anita (May 27, 2016). "Thora Birch, Johnny Knoxville Join Phillip Noyce's 'Above Suspicion'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  8. ^ "'Above Suspicion' movie based on Ky. crime to be released". Lexington Herald Leader. April 5, 2021. Retrieved March 18, 2023.
  9. ^ Forbes, Buddy (May 19, 2021). "'It's a woman who lost her life': Pike County murder hits movie screens". WYMT-TV. Retrieved March 18, 2023.
  10. ^ a b "Above Suspicion (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved October 10, 2021.
  11. ^ "Above Suspicion Reviews". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved October 18, 2021.

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