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No Mercy (1986)

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An unconventional undercover Chicago cop and his partner are recruited to commit the murder of a New Orleans criminal kingpin.

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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 Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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When passion and hatred know no limits, expect no mercy.


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19 December 1986 (USA)  »

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$12,303,904 (USA)
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The picture had "echoes of Chandler [Raymond Chandler] and Hammett [Dashiell Hammett] and particularly James M. Cain" according to Janet Maslin of The New York Times. See more »

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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 »

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Eddie Jillette: I don't see any heartstoppers in here. Most of these broads still got the prime tag hanging from their nose.
Joe Collins: [Michel walks by and catches their attention as she sits down with a older man] Maybe she's his mother.
Eddie Jillette: She's got 'born to screw' tattooed on her forehead.
Eddie Jillette: Don't be bitter.
Eddie Jillette: I know the secret to happiness.
Eddie Jillette: What's that?
Eddie Jillette: A girl with freckles on her tits.
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Stale revenge story - utterly familiar.
14 August 2004 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

In 1986, when No Mercy was released, two names that would be near the top of any "World's Sexiest Man" and "World's Sexiest Woman" lists would have been Richard Gere and Kim Basinger. In getting these two gorgeous people together, the makers of No Mercy then committed the age-old sin - they forgot to provide them with a decent story!

Gere plays Chicago cop Eddie Jillette. Whilst on a case, Eddie's partner Joe (Gary Basaraba) is brutally murdered by French gangster Losado (Jereon Krabbe). Jillette heads down to Losado's New Orleans lair to avenge his partner's death. There, he meets gangster's moll Michel (Kim Basinger), a stunning woman desperate to get away from her sadistic lover but too afraid to do so. She and Jillette end up handcuffed together, hiding out in the dangerous Louisiana swampland from Losado and his heavies.

Immediately, you can see that No Mercy is riddled with stale plot devices - cop avenging the death of his friend; hero stealing a lover from the villain; usual fish-out-of-water ideas (this time a Chicago cop working in New Orleans); even the swamp sequence has a whiff of The Defiant Ones and The 39 Steps about it. The film is also excessively grim and nasty, with Krabbe in particular struggling to do anything as a one-dimensional, knife-wielding sadist. The action high-spots, including a climactic shootout in a burning hotel, are quite expensive-looking sequences but, like the rest of the film, are oddly uninteresting and unoriginal.


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