The Mighty Quinn

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Overview

Carl Schenkel's underrated The Mighty Quinn comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine DVD from MGM/UA.
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Overview

Carl Schenkel's underrated The Mighty Quinn comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine DVD from MGM/UA.
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Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo Surround; French: mono; French and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Crime films in exotic locations almost always play well as long as the filmmakers remember to balance local color with an engaging story. The Mighty Quinn finds that balance perfectly. Denzel Washington anchors the film as the chief of police in a Caribbean town that has just had its first murder in quite some time. Quinn is under a great deal of pressure -- his marriage is on the rocks, he is getting political pressure from higher ups to solve the crime, and the prime suspect is his lifelong friend, the charming rogue/local legend Maubee (played by a winning, scene-stealing Robert Townsend). The film offers some very entertaining reggae music (including a great twist on the song that shares the name of the film), gorgeous cinematography that will have anyone reaching for a drink with an umbrella in it, and a solid story full of interesting supporting players. Director Carl Schenkel will never be thought of as an auteur, but with the best script he was ever given, he delivers first-rate entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2001
  • UPC: 027616858689
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,302

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Denzel Washington Xavier Quinn
Robert Townsend Maubee
James Fox Elgin
Mimi Rogers Hadley Elgin
M. Emmet Walsh Miller
Sheryl Lee Ralph Lola Quinn
Art Evans Jump
Esther Rolle Ubu Pearl
Norman Beaton Governor Chalk
Alex Colon Patina
Tyra Ferrell Isola
Keye Luke Dr. Raj
Carl Bradshaw Cocodick
Dallas Anderson Francis
Bob Andy Raisen
Erica Aquart Bride
Henry Judd Baker Nicotine
Rowan Byfield Blizzard
Kenneth Casey Phylo
David R. Ellis Jersey
Bobby Ghisays Pater
Ronald Goshop Fudge
Baldwin Howe Bim
Charles Hyatt Security Guard
Cathi Levy Secretary
Fred Lloyd Pilot
Peter Lloyd Groom
Michael London Preacher
Rita Marley Wedding Singers and Band
Cedella Marley Eliza
Renee Menzies McCallum Maid
Marie McDonald Jax
Marie McDonald Jax
David McFarlane Henry
Bernie McInerney Dr. Stuhlberg
Christopher Meredith Wedding Singers and Band
Calvin Mitchell Apollo
Nabbie Natural Turtle
Wallis Nicita
Sharon Marley Prendergast Jody
Michael Rose Wedding Singers and Band
Oliver Samuels Rupert
Deon Silvera Beautician
Ron Taylor McKeon
Dennis Titus Percy
Clive Walker Bartender
Fitz Weir Athens
Technical Credits
Carl Schenkel Director
David Anderle Musical Direction/Supervision
A. Medusah Aulenta Makeup
Matthew Binns Production Designer
Dan Bradley Stunts
Lisa Cacavas Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Cummins Associate Producer
Anne Dudley Score Composer
Ed Elbert Producer
Hampton Fancher Screenwriter
Dean Raphael Ferrandini Stunts
Giorgio Ferrari Special Effects
Gil Friesen Producer
Marion Hunt Producer
John Jympson Editor
Gregory Keen Art Director
Sandy Lieberson Co-producer
Dana Lyman Costumes/Costume Designer
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
Vincent Paterson Choreography
Dale Pollock Producer
Brian Read Set Decoration/Design
Jacques Steyn Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits/Chief Quinn [14:25]
2. $10,000 Dare [6:50]
3. A family divided [6:19]
4. An elusive "brother" [5:34]
5. "The local witch" [5:56]
6. Resort to a face-off [4:44]
7. Unflinching gunman [3:28]
8. Mighty connected [6:18]
9. Resisting temptation [8:03]
10. Piano man [4:08]
11. Drinking buddies [4:59]
12. It's all figured out [6:38]
13. "Come on, Mama!" [3:54]
14. "No time for games" [6:30]
15. "Heroic deeds" [4:23]
16. Reunited/End credits [6:15]
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Menu

Main
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   Menu Group #1 with 16 chapter(s) covering 01:38:30
Theatrical Trailer
Languages
   Spoken Languages
      English
      Français
   Subtitles
      Français
      Español
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Denzel is Mighty as Chief Quinn

    A film that deserves cult status in the Denzel Washington filmography. Denzel as the uptight Chief of Police of a small country (Jamaica or similar) that depends almost entirely upon tourism and western (read white) money for survival.

    Stir in the murder of the resort owner, ostensibly by Quinn childhood friend Maubee played by Townsend, along with an international mystery and you've got a very entertaining film.

    Washington as Quinn brings to life the Chief with a very fine performance. From details of his approach to every other character his body language, speech, pacing and expressions are Denzel at his finest in a light adventure role. Some may not like his Caribbean resident portrayal but that should quickly fade behind the intriguing but not complex storyline. Watch his use of his sunglasses in this film!

    A straightforward script that still manages clever plot twists and that vague sense of mystery through the final scene. Well placed comic relief including a 15 second visual and auditory homage to Gilligan & Co. that is not too be missed.

    The musical score and soundtrack is a reggae lovers delight. There's even compositions contributed by Bob Dylan to the well constructed addition to the story line that includes a subplot of Chief Quinn and his struggle with his past as a piano player in the local watering hole.

    M. Emmet Walsh turns in another fine character performance that rates right up there with his signature Blade Runner performance, and really surpasses it in both contribution in screen time and as a continuous driving element to the story.

    A fun, entertaining suspense thriller with delightful moments.

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