Ricochet

Ricochet

Director: Russell Mulcahy

Cast: Denzel Washington, John Lithgow, Ice-T

     
 

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Ricochet, a suspenseful, exciting police thriller that loses its way at the end, is the story of a good cop whose life is destroyed by an obsessed psychotic criminal whom he sent to prison years before. Nick (Denzel Washington) is a successful happily married police officer with a distinguished record. He is drugged, kidnapped and framed by Blake (John Lithgow)See more details below

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Ricochet, a suspenseful, exciting police thriller that loses its way at the end, is the story of a good cop whose life is destroyed by an obsessed psychotic criminal whom he sent to prison years before. Nick (Denzel Washington) is a successful happily married police officer with a distinguished record. He is drugged, kidnapped and framed by Blake (John Lithgow) who has never forgiven him for arresting him years before. Nick must redeem himself both to the police force, his family and the public who had come to love and respect him. Denzel Washington is excellent in his role of the good man in an impossible situation. John Lithgow, while always interesting, is completely over-the-top as the psychotic criminal, and the film looses plausibility during an extended and highly improbable and unbelievable final chase sequence around the Watts Towers. Despite these flaws, Ricochet is an exiting suspense film with a fine performance by Washington and worth watching despite its disappointing conclusion.

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Ricochet is an appropriate name for a movie that shoots off in a dozen different directions. Russell Mulcahy's film can't decide whether it's about the perils of too much career ambition, the media's unapologetic attraction to sleaze, or white supremacy. That's right, just to make John Lithgow's scenery-chewing villain a bit nastier, he has a fleeting association with the Aryan Nation. One can never make too many predictions about an obsessed mind, but one of the problems with Ricochet is that Lithgow's Earl Talbot Blake fixates on Denzel Washington's cop-turned-DA, Nick Styles, just because Styles was a johnny-on-the-spot, foiling a very pathetic robbery attempt almost by dumb luck. The systematic character assassination that follows, after Blake escapes prison and fakes his own death, can be chilling at times, but it never feels warranted. However, the movie does see Styles' fall from grace as some kind of justified punishment for his lofty ambitions -- all part of a mixed message that becomes even harder to piece together once you consider the presence of the white supremacy group. It's hard not to come away from Ricochet without seeing it as some kind of racial morality play, where all the black characters -- even the lawless gangbanger played by Ice-T, conveniently introduced in the opening and then stashed until needed in the third act -- are righteous, and most if not all the whites are trying to bring them down. It has effective moments of tension, and some great individual scenes of paranoia by an addled Washington. But Ricochet ultimately collapses under too much bombast and absurdity, including an overblown climax, and one hilarious death scene, in which the character spits out a ridiculous sound bite just before expiring. Mulcahy and his team of screenwriters bit off more than they could chew on this one.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/1993
UPC:
0026359068331
Original Release:
1991
Rating:
R
Source:
Hbo Home Video

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Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Nick Styles
John Lithgow Earl Talbot Blake
Ice-T Odessa
Kevin Pollak Larry
Lindsay Wagner Priscilla Brimleigh
Victoria Dillard Alice
John Cothran Farris
Josh Evans Kim
Ferne Cassel Actor
Kevin Doyle Actor
Prince Hughes Actor
Robin Lippin Actor
Mary Ellen Trainor Gail Wallens
John Amos Reverend Styles
Linda Dona Wanda
Matt Landers Chief Floyd
Lydell M. Cheshier R.C.
Starletta DuPois Mrs. Styles
Sherman Howard Kiley
Viveka Davis Babysitter
Rick Cramer Jesse
Don Perry Book Man
Miguel Sandoval Vaca
Carlos Lacamara Luis
Tom Finnegan Desk Sergeant
Mark Phelan Prison Doctor
Albie Selznick Blake's Lawyer
Frank Miller Parole Board Chairman
Anita Barone Waitress
Betty Carvalho Female Board Member
Leonard Turner Committee Chairman
Irene Forrest Cleaning Woman
Holly Kaplan Connie
Michele Landry Telethon Worker
Heidi Thomas Reporter
Robert Steinberg Reporter
Susan Lentini Reporter
Cylk Cozart Reporter
James Ishida Reporter
Lisa Hunter Reporter
Lisa Nelson Reporter
Ivan E. Roth City Hall Worker
John Rubinow ER Doctor
Tim de Zarn Skinhead
George Christy Talk Show Host
Marjorie Bransfeld Secretary
Jesse Ventura Clowalski
K. Todd Freeman Talk Show Guest

Technical Credits
Russell Mulcahy Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Steven E. de Souza Screenwriter
Fred Dekker Screenwriter
Scott Eddo Makeup
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
S. Gross Set Decoration/Design
James M. Halty Stunts
James Herbert Co-producer
Jaymes Hinkle Production Designer
Peter Honess Editor
Barry Josephson Producer
Michael Levy Producer
Peter Levy Cinematographer
Menno Meyjes Screenwriter
Ed Novick Sound/Sound Designer
Eric Orbom Set Decoration/Design
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Lauren Rodriguez Special Effects
David Sardi Asst. Director
Steve Shagan Screenwriter
Joel Silver Producer
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Suzanne Todd Co-producer
Marilyn Vance Costumes/Costume Designer
Christian Wagener Art Director

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