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When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier.

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Fred Miller
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Lola Quinn
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Jose Patina
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Maubee
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Isola
Carl Bradshaw ...
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Maria McDonald ...
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Fitz Weir ...
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When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier.

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THE CHIEF OF POLICE AND THE CHIEF SUSPECT. They know each other too well to let a little thing like murder get in their way.


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$4,557,214 (USA)
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Originally entitled "Finding Maubee", the title of the novel by AHZ Carr on which it was based. See more »

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In the audition, Quinn is holding a cup in his mouth between songs. The drink level changes between shots. See more »

Quotes

Rasta: There was a guy at the Eagle Hotel looking for him.
Xavier: What guy?
Rasta: A white guy.
Xavier: What kind of white guy?
Rasta: Kind of a dark white guy.
[laughter]
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GROOVE MASTER
Written and Performed by Arrow
Courtesy of 4th and B'way Records, A Division of Island Records
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Great fun
31 May 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I don't consider this a "great" movie, I must say that it is one of those movies like a favorite pair of slippers: always so comfortable to put on. I can't stop watching this old movie because it's so much fun, the characters are so comfortable to be with, the locations are so relaxing, and Washington is, as always, a wonderful actor.

Though it is not the high point of the movie, my favorite moment occurs when Quinn (Washington) loosens up, sits down at the piano, and begins an amusing rendition of "Cakewalk into Town." Unfortunately, others subvert his song into "The Mighty Quinn," disturbing the atmosphere somewhat, but that's all part of the plot.

Quinn's "serious cop" is the straight man to another worthy character, Maubee (Robert Townsend), an impish rascal loved by everyone on the island.

"The Mighty Quinn" makes me want to go to the island and party with everyone there, but, alas, it's only a movie.


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