Maverick Chicago cop Eddie Jillette poses as a hit man to meet with someone in from New Orleans looking to have a job done. The result is that both the guy and Jillette's partner wind up very dead, while a stunning blonde in on the setup disappears. He heads south to settle the score and soon finds himself being hunted, with the girl in tow and the local police anything but happy. New Orleans may never be the same again. Written by
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After three weeks of shooting, the No Mercy (1986) film unit moved to New Orleans to record Eddie Jillette (Richard Gere)'s search for Michel Duval (Kim Basinger) in the city's vibrant French Quarter. The warm, sensual confusion of the French Quarter is a stark contrast to the cold, wintry grayness of the film's Chicago scenes, and Jillett is driven by the percussive beat of the music spilling out into New Orleans' Bourbon Street from jazz clubs and strip joints. Because the production company was in New Orleans at the height of the pre-Super Bowl hysteria, and just prior to Mardi Gras, hordes of tourists and spectators added to the energy and excitement of night shooting in New Orleans' French Quarter. See more »
When Eddie and Michel are taking a shower in the shack, there's big smudge of dirt on Michel's face whenever the camera is close to her face. When the camera cuts wider to show Eddie as well, suddenly the smudge disappears. Then it reappears again. See more »
Richard Gere is a Chicago cop on the vengeance trail as he follows his partner's killers to New Orleans to settle his own personal score. The film moves at a brisk pace as Gere and a Cajun sexpot flee through the Louisiana bayous from a murderous crime lord who wants his baby doll back and to destroy the Chicago detective who would avenge his partner's murder. Gere and Kim Basinger go very well together, and the chemistry between them adds to the film's realism. Basinger is the sexy swamp girl type who finds herself falling for Gere, although they clash repeatedly while handcuffed together as they attempt to elude the brutal underworld figure and his henchmen. George Dzundza is also good as Gere's superior and Jeroen Krabbe is measured and deliberate as the Cajun butcher. The film's final moments are explosive and predictable and close out an exciting thriller.
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