Bad Company

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Laurence Fishburne and Ellen Barkin star in this complex tale of former C.I.A. agents who now specialize in freelance espionage. As the film opens, Nelson Crowe Fishburne is being interviewed for a position with the Grimes Organization, which focuses on industrial espionage. He is hired by Margaret Wells Barkin, who then takes Crowe to her boss, Grimes Frank Langella. Grimes and Wells visit a man named Walter Curl Spalding Gray to tell him that they can bribe a state judge so that Curl's company doesn't have to ...
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Laurence Fishburne and Ellen Barkin star in this complex tale of former C.I.A. agents who now specialize in freelance espionage. As the film opens, Nelson Crowe Fishburne is being interviewed for a position with the Grimes Organization, which focuses on industrial espionage. He is hired by Margaret Wells Barkin, who then takes Crowe to her boss, Grimes Frank Langella. Grimes and Wells visit a man named Walter Curl Spalding Gray to tell him that they can bribe a state judge so that Curl's company doesn't have to pay a $25 million fine for the toxic poisoning of some children. The judge himself David Ogden Stiers is deep in gambling debts. Meanwhile, Wells aligns herself with Crowe and tries to convince him that the two of them could do away with Grimes and take over his entire organization. The plot thickens from there, with several surprises. The first-time original screenplay is by famous crime writer Ross Thomas,
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All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
This convoluted crime drama lacks both the art and the edge of a solid noir, but its raunchy sex scenes, intricate story line, and decent lead performances should satisfy genre aficionados. Ellen Barkin gets to indulge her nasty side as a profit-motivated bad gal with a few residual scruples, while Laurence Fishburne gives a typically modulated performance in an equally seedy co-lead role. Supporting player David Ogden Stiers actually gives the best performance as a proud judge fallen on hard times. Bad Company really isn't an actors' showcase, however; it's a moderately successful meditation on old-fashioned greed, pure and simple. Ross Thomas's screenplay doesn't have too many new things to say about the subject, but it does serve up perennial themes with plenty of plot twists. Fans of the writer's novels will enjoy the many throwaway ideas he threads into his work here. Overall, though, Bad Company is the cinematic equivalent of an airport paperback: fine to consume if you're bored or captive, but nothing you should go out of your way to check out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/1996
  • UPC: 765362757039
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ellen Barkin Margaret Wells
Susan Wooldridge Ann Whelan
Laurence Fishburne Nelson Crowe
Jonny Lee Miller Michael Hickey
Frank Langella Vic Grimes
Ken Stott Joe Hickey
Michael Beach Tod Stapp
Mark Drewry Vincent Hickey
Angus Deayton Paul Foot
David Ogden Stiers Judge Beach
Gia Carides Julie Ames
George Irving James Robinson
Deborah Aquila
Daniel Hugh Kelly Les Goodwin
Spalding Gray Walter Curl
James Hong Bobby Birdsong
Tegan West Al
Fred Henderson John Cartwain
Michelle Beaudoin Wanda
Sherry Bie Mrs. Beach
Alan C. Peterson Cleaners Clerk
Larry Musser Detective Harrison
Nicholas Lea Jake
Lang Yun Voice Only
Glen Chin Voice Only
Conan Lee Voice Only
Charles Bartlett Voice Only
David McCharen Voice Only
Jill Teed Jane
Judi M. Durand Voice Only
Lucy Lin Voice Only
Technical Credits
Damian Harris Director
Deborah Aquila Casting
Carter Burwell Score Composer
Warren Carr Associate Producer
Jeffrey Chernov Producer
David Crone Camera Operator
Charles de Caro Costumes/Costume Designer
Clint Deboer Sound Editor
Frank Fitzpatrick Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Willie Heslup Art Director
Andrew McAlpine Production Designer
Stuart H. Pappe Editor
David W. Rose Asst. Director
Richard Shissler Costumes/Costume Designer
Larry Sutton Musical Direction/Supervision
Ross Thomas Screenwriter
Amedeo Ursini Producer
Elizabeth Wilcox Set Decoration/Design
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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    Jonny Lee Miller is not in this film

    Fans of Jonny Lee Miller should be warned the cast information on this DVD of Bad Company is in error. It is NOT a Jonny Miller film, although rental firms continue to list it as featuring Miller. Prior to Trainspotting Jonny Lee Miller stared in an extremely grim English film called Bad Company based on a true story of a young man unfairly convicted of a crime. It's an excellent example of Miller's acting talent but I've never found a copy to buy in America (a friend overseas gave me her DVD). Even staring Fishburne, this U.S. film is not especially worth owning.

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