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Following Serpico (1973) and Prince of the City (1981), veteran urban crime film director Sidney Lumet completed a thematic trilogy about New York City police corruption with this noir drama. When New York City cop Mike Brennan (Nick Nolte) shoots an unarmed Hispanic drug dealer in cold blood, he quickly plants a gun on his victim and manufactures some eyewitness testimony. D.A. Kevin Quinn (Patrick O'Neal) calls in his assistant district attorney, Al Reilly (Timothy Hutton), to conduct a perfunctory ...
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Following Serpico (1973) and Prince of the City (1981), veteran urban crime film director Sidney Lumet completed a thematic trilogy about New York City police corruption with this noir drama. When New York City cop Mike Brennan (Nick Nolte) shoots an unarmed Hispanic drug dealer in cold blood, he quickly plants a gun on his victim and manufactures some eyewitness testimony. D.A. Kevin Quinn (Patrick O'Neal) calls in his assistant district attorney, Al Reilly (Timothy Hutton), to conduct a perfunctory investigation of the incident, but Brennan's obvious guilt during a question and answer session makes Reilly dig deeper. The crusading lawyer is soon uncovering a web of corruption that reaches from Brennan into Quinn's office. At the same time, Reilly learns that his ex-girlfriend Nancy Bosch (Jenny Lumet, the director's daughter), is now dating his chief witness, Puerto Rican drug dealer Bobby Texador (Armand Assante). Q&A (1990) was based on the novel by Edwin Torres, a New York State Supreme Court judge whose two other novels were later adapted into the film Carlito's Way (1993). Lumet would again return to the subject of New York's corrupt criminal justice system with Night Falls on Manhattan (1997).
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Sidney Lumet's occasionally powerful film on the ubiquity of racial strife and corruption in the N.Y.P.D. and the New York legal system features a tremendous performance by Nick Nolte, but is ultimately too sprawling and shapeless to have the impact he intended. Adapted from a novel by a New York assistant DA who went on to become a New York State Supreme Court Justice by a director who has made classic films about the corruption of the N.Y.P.D., it suffers less from a knowledge deficit than a bad script. Lumet may be a fine director, but in choosing to adapt this script himself, he seems to have forgotten that his best films were written by people like David Mamet, Paddy Chayefsky, and his longtime partner, Jay Presson Allen. The result is an overlong, overcomplicated, repetitious film with an unbelievably naïve protagonist whose laughably contrived erstwhile romance is a major subplot. Yet, in dwelling on the abject ugliness of the racial hostility, tribalism, cronyism, greed, and ruthlessness of this world, Lumet often hits a nerve, exposing truths which have been well-documented. Nolte's monster of a detective embodies the essence of these qualities, a man so consumed by rage that it seems he might kill anyone in any scene at any moment, and his sadistic pursuit of a hapless drag queen is something viewers may wish to forget. The wan passivity of Timothy Hutton's assistant DA may represent Lumet's fatalistic response toward a problem he has come to believe is intractable. Were it not for Nolte's awe-inspiring performance, the excellent work of Armand Assante and Charles S. Dutton would be more readily apparent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1999
  • UPC: 026359038129
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Hbo Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:12:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Lieutenant Mike Brennan
Timothy Hutton Al Reilly
Armand Assante Bobby Texador
Patrick O'Neal Kevin Quinn
Lee Richardson Leo Bloomenfeld
Luis Guzman Detective Luis Valentin
Jenny Lumet Nancy Bosch
Charles S. Dutton Detective Sam Chapman
Paul Calderon Roger Montalvo
International Chrysis Jose Malpica
Dominic Chianese Larry Pesch
Leo Cimino Nick Petrone
Fyvush Finkel Preston Pearlstein
Tommy A. Ford Lubin
Cynthia O'Neal Agnes Quinn
Drew Elliot Magnus
Anibal Lleras "After Hours" Patron
Susan Michell Flo
Brian Neill Sophia/Sylvester
Rod Rodriquez Carlo
Edward Rogers III Jose's Apartment Detective
Alex Ruiz Danny
Sonny Vidiz Gino
Gustavo Brens Alfonse Segal
Martin E. Brens Armand Segal
Maurice Schell Detective Zucker
Frederick Rolf District Attorney
Hal Lehrman Altshul
Gloria Irizarry Mrs. Bosch
Frank Raiter Seabury
Harry Madsen Tony Vasquez
Jerry Ciauri Bruno Valli
George Kodisch Inspector Flynn
Burtt Harris Phil
Michael Joseph Pimp
Victor Colicchio "After Hours" Alvarado
Jose Rafael Arango "After Hours" Patron
David Dill Bartender
Richard Solchik Phillie
Junior Perez "Nancy" Captain
Javier Rios Boat Lover
June Stein A.D.A
Olga Merediz Mrs. Valentin
Peter Gumeny Guard
Edward Rowan Ed
Danny Darrow Phone Investigator
Jose Collazo Fisherman
John Capodice Hank Mastroangelo
Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director, Screenwriter
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Ruben Blades Score Composer
Gary J. Brink Set Decoration/Design
Joe Burke Songwriter
Richard P. Cirincione Editor
Joe Cranzano Makeup
Ray Evans Songwriter
Carlos Franzetti Musical Direction/Supervision
Burtt Harris Co-producer
Beth Kuhn Art Director
Jay Livingston Songwriter
Arnon Milchan Co-producer
Peter Odabashian Sound Editor
Tom Priestley Jr. Camera Operator
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Neil Spisak Costumes/Costume Designer
Joy Todd Casting
Patrick Wachsberger Producer
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Scene Index

Chapters
0. Chapters
1. Set Up [8:07]
2. Cut And Dry [7:26]
3. Inside Details [7:38]
4. Investigation [12:59]
5. Fear [2:48]
6. "Please Nancy" [6:06]
7. Claiming Allies [11:36]
8. Little Things Change Everything [6:02]
9. Protection [8:39]
10. Staying On Top [6:44]
11. On Step Ahead [9:59]
12. The Tables Turn [5:23]
13. A Proposition [8:15]
14. At His Mercy [8:45]
15. Taken Out [8:51]
16. Heartbroken [12:29]
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   Menu Group #1 with 16 chapter(s) covering 02:11:56
Special Features
   Theatrical Teaser
   Theatrical Trailer
Cast & Crew
   Mike Brennan
   Al Reilly
   Bobby Texador
   Kevin Quinn
   Sam Chapman
   Sidney Lumet
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Subtitles
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