Homicide

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Overview

The third film written and directed by playwright David Mamet, this combination of crime drama and character study stars several of Mamet's stock players. Joe Mantegna stars as Bobby Gold, a detective with a gift for negotiation who, along with his partner Tim Sullivan William H. Macy, accidentally stumbles upon a crime scene -- the murder of an elderly Jewish woman in her corner store. When it turns out that the victim was politically well-connected and Jewish, Bobby's superiors assign him the case because he's ...
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Overview

The third film written and directed by playwright David Mamet, this combination of crime drama and character study stars several of Mamet's stock players. Joe Mantegna stars as Bobby Gold, a detective with a gift for negotiation who, along with his partner Tim Sullivan William H. Macy, accidentally stumbles upon a crime scene -- the murder of an elderly Jewish woman in her corner store. When it turns out that the victim was politically well-connected and Jewish, Bobby's superiors assign him the case because he's also Jewish. The problem is that Bobby isn't very religious and he resents being taken off a higher profile drug investigation involving a dealer, Randolph Ving Rhames. Bobby's also highly skeptical when the murdered woman's family claims that her death was not a simple robbery but an anti-Semitic hate crime. As he gets deeper into his case, however, Bobby discovers that a larger conspiracy may be afoot, and he begins to question his own ethnic roots.
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Special Features

Audio commentary featuring writer-director David Mamet and actor William H. Macy; New video program featuring interviews with recurring Mamet actors Steven Goldstein, Ricky Jay, J.J. Johnston, Joe Mantegna and jack wallace; Gag reel; TV spots; A booklet featuring an essay by critic Stuart Klawans
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Homicide is writer/director David Mamet's exploration of self-identity in a modern society. Using police detective Joe Mantegna's murder investigation as a framework, Mamet focuses on the psychology of his main characters, and in the process offers up ample amounts of pitch-perfect dialogue. Though the procedural elements of the detective genre are present, Homicide is much richer than a standard genre film, with ample opportunity for sterling performances from Mantegna and supporting cast members William H. Macy and Ving Rhames. Despite its low budget, the film has the look of a more expensive production, thanks largely to Roger Deakins's superb cinematography. There's a considerable amount of detail that becomes increasingly important as the film progresses; though its plot may challenge some viewers, Homicide proves to be a thoroughly rewarding experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/2009
  • UPC: 715515048514
  • Original Release: 1991
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,762

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Mantegna Bobby Gold
William H. Macy Tim Sullivan
Natalia Nogulich Chava
Ving Rhames Randolph
Rebecca Pidgeon Miss Klein
Vincent Guastaferro Lieutenant Senna
Lionel Mark Smith Charlie Olcott
Jack Wallace Frank
J.S. Block Dr. Klein
Yuri Alexis Reporter
Steve Anderson
Elmer Aulton S.W.A.T. Team
Robert Bella Bodyguard
Adam Bitterman Young Bodyguard
Anthony Boer S.W.A.T. Team
Leo Burns Officer Arraigning Wells
Paul Butler Commissioner Walker
Ron Butler Rookie
Charles Chessler
Theo Cohan Young Woman with Dog
Lee Cohn Officer Escorting Mr. Klein
Roberta Custer Cathy Bates
Jim Frangione Police Officer
Erica Gimpel Woman with Randolph
Steve Goldstein Librarian
Jim Grace B.A.T.F. Agent
Jerrold Graff Officer in Elevator
Bernard Gray James
Michael Hammond S.W.A.T. Team
George Harvey Officer Transporting Wells
Willo Hausman Juvenile Officer
Paul Hjelmervik B.A.T.F. Agent
Len Hodera Koli
Mary Jefferson Randolphs Mother
Keith Wonderboy Johnson Captains Driver
Guy Johnson S.W.A.T. Team
J.J. Johnston Jilly Curran
Lou Kaitz Leo
Chris Kaldor
Jonathan Katz Undertaker
Linda Kimbrough Sergeant Green
Larry Kipp
Marge Kotlisky Mrs. Klein
Jordan Lage F.B.I. Team Leader
G. Roy Levin Barry
Adolph Mall Benjamin
Bernard Mamet Marv
Tony Mamet Officer Ferro
Purnell McFadden First Kid
Cliff McMullen Officer at the Variety Store, Night
Ted Monte Bodyguard with Thompson Gun
Bob Moore Police Captain
Wesly Nelson
Neil Pepe Young Man with Dog
Alan Polonsky Scholar
Charlotte Potok Assistant Librarian
Andy Potok Library Technician
James Potter Shoemaker
Ricky Jay Aaron
Jonathan Ridgely
George Rogers S.W.A.T. Team
Gail Silver Lily, The Kleins Maid
Alan Soule Crime Scene Technician
Robin Spielberg Records Officer
Colin Stinton Walter B. Wells
Charles Stranski Doug Brown
Darrell Taylor Willie Sims
Rick Washburne Officer in Elevator
Andy Waters
Emily Weisberg Young Girl in Library
Lynn Weisberg
Scott Zigler Passport Clerk
Technical Credits
David Mamet Director, Screenwriter
Andy Armstrong Associate Producer, Stunts
Matthew Carlisle Associate Producer
Nan Cibula Costumes/Costume Designer
Philip Dalkin Screenwriter
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Kim Gyngell Screenwriter
Michael Hausman Producer
Alaric Jans Score Composer
Chuck Jeffreys Stunts
Chuck Jeffries Stunts
Susan Kaufman Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Michael Merritt Production Designer
Edward R. Pressman Producer
Ron Rotholz Producer
Barbara Tulliver Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Homicide
1. The FBI [5:14]
2. "I Need This Randolph" [3:27]
3. "The Fucking FBI" [4:27]
4. Police Work [6:04]
5. "This Is Not My Case" [3:02]
6. "The Candy Store, You Got It" [3:38]
7. "You Wanna Kill My Baby" [7:25]
8. Man on the Roof [5:36]
9. "Stuck Here with My Jews" [6:23]
10. Late Night at Klein's [:01]
11. "What's the Thing?" [4:35]
12. GROFAZ [7:56]
13. 212 Humbolt Street [7:21]
14. "I Want to be a Part of It" [6:38]
15. Sending a Message [4:05]
16. Third and Racine [7:57]
17. "Your Mama Turned You In" [3:54]
18. Cases Closed [6:50]
19. End Credits [3:31]
1. The Leading Man [5:58]
2. The Student [4:20]
3. The Performer [4:19]
4. The Guys from Chicago [6:20]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Homicide
   Play the Movie
   Chapters
      Color Bars
   Commentary
      Writer-Director David Mamet and Actor William H. Macy: On
      Writer-Director David Mamet and Actor William H. Macy: Off
   "Invent Nothing, Deny Nothing"
      Play
      Index
   Gag Reel
   TV Spots
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