Goldie Hawn stars as the damsel in distress in one of the newly released fall films.
Jack Saunders (John Heard), a museum curator, meets Adrienne (Hawn) when he brings a piece of art to he small New York business to be restored. They stay up all night talking and fall in love. They marry, have a daughter and their life together is terrific, until an Egyptian necklace that Jack purchased for the museum for $4.5 million is found to be a fake. Jack is under suspicion along with fellow museum workers, but every action Jack takes seems to point the finger at him.
Adrienne begins to investigate her husband's background when she finds clues that he's been lying to her,
Many of the same tactics used in other thrillers show up here - dark rooms where nobody thinks to put on a light, lights that when they are turned on don't work, and cats that come screeching out of a room.
John Heard is good as Jack; his smile is both impish and sneering at the save time, and Goldie, whose eyes are so expressive they tell a story in themselves, is great.
There's one big flaw in the plot, even though both her life and her daughter's are in danger she never calls the police. Even so, the acting and final scenes make Deceived an effective thriller.