1990 Running time: 117 Certificate: 18 Rating: 4

Synopsis

Richard Gere gives one of his finest performances as LA cop Dennis Peck, a devious manipulator and womaniser whose business dealings suggest he's getting by on more than his LAPD salary. Andy Garcia is the ambitious Internal Affairs cop sent to investigate him - with catastrophic results. Cool, sharp thriller, kept on a tight rein by British director Mike Figgis.

Director

  • Mike Figgis

Cast

  • Richard Gere

  • Andy Garcia

  • Annabella Sciorra

  • Nancy Travis

  • Laurie Metcalf

  • William Baldwin

Review

Richard Gere's dazzling performance as a very crooked cop, who has no hesitation in getting people killed, fires this brilliant and flashy thriller.

Taciturn Andy Garcia is also at his best as the newcomer to Internal Affairs (the cops' department that investigates cops), whose examination of one corrupt policeman, a former buddy, leads him to an obsession with the buddy's boss (Gere).

Garcia has a strange marriage with Nancy Travis that degenerates into abuse and foul-mouthed screaming matches and he also has a lesbian partner - Laurie Metcalf in another of the film's distinguished performances.

With his scalding film-making style, British director Mike Figgis, turns this up from just a straight action film into a work of great intelligence and dramatic power.

But at its heart, it's always kept alive by the spark of Gere's understated but lethal menace.

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