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Gotham, also known as The Dead Can't Lie, is a 1988 American thriller film written and directed by Lloyd Fonvielle and starring Tommy Lee Jones and Virginia Madsen. The film was originally created for Showtime.

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Directed byLloyd Fonvielle
Written byLloyd Fonvielle
Music byGeorge S. Clinton
Edited byAntony Gibbs
Phoenix Entertainment Group
Keith Addis & Associates, Inc.
Distributed byShowtime Networks
Cannon Films
Release date
  • August 21, 1988 (1988-08-21) (Showtime)
Running time
100 minutes (theatrical release)
CountryUnited States


Down-and-out New York detective Eddie Mallard (Jones) finds himself involved in the weirdest case of his career when a wealthy man asks for his help in stopping his ex-wife (Madsen) from harassing him. Mallard finds that the case may be too much for him when he discovers that the woman died ten years ago – and that he is falling in love with her.


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