Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 08, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Suture

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Dennis Haysbert, Michael Harris, Mel Harris, Dina Merrill
director
Scott McGehee, David Siegel
genre
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C+

The intriguing but ultimately meaningless joke in this arty black-and-white homage to Hitchcock-style suspense thrillers and movie-style psychiatry is that everyone around them thinks Vincent (Michael Harris), who is white, and his half brother, Clay (Dennis Haysbert), who is black, look nearly identical. The clever but ultimately overworked story, Suture, involves the murder of the brothers’ father, Vincent’s setup of Clay as prime suspect, Clay’s amnesia, and Mel Harris as a plastic surgeon named Renee Descartes who falls in love with Clay-who-everyone-thinks-is-Vincent. Your Jeopardy! knowledge that Descartes was the philosopher who wrote ”I think, therefore I am” is of no particular use here, I’m afraid. C+

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