Friday, March 7, 2014

Q&A (1990)

Hmm.... this would have been perfect for my salute to bad cops!

Synopsis: Cop ices drug pusher. Later, we discover this was a bad thing.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “In streets burning with hatred, corruption and violence, there walks a powder keg with a short fuse called Brennan (Nick Nolte). When Brennan shoots a small-time crook in cold blood, he covers up the shooting as self-defense and Assistant D.A. Reilly (Timothy Hutton) is assigned to the investigation.”

What Did I Learn?: If a movie cop mentions that he has never once used his service revolver in his duties, there's a very good chance he'll later use it to save the day. [Oh wait - I think I already learned that from Die Hard]

Really?: So wait – Bobby Tex kicks a man in the face, right in front of his fiancĂ© (who isn’t involved in his drug business) and she doesn’t seem shocked or angry about it?

Rating: Generally speaking, I like Sidney Lumet's films, so it's no surprise that Q&A is a compelling, mature drama about police corruption in New York City that features a number of solid performances and well-acted scenes, especially from Assante as Bobby Tex, and Nolte as Brennan. Highly recommended. 9/10 stars.

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