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Internal Affairs (1990)

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Keen young Raymond Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose ... See full summary »

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Tova Arrocas
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Susan Forristal ...
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Keen young Raymond Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck is involved in any number of dubious or downright criminal activities. He is also devious, a womaniser, and a clever manipulator, and he starts to turn his attention on Avila. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Trust him... he's a cop.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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12 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Internal Affairs - Trau' ihm, er ist ein Cop  »

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$27,734,391 (USA)
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The original ending of the movie was different. After entire scene where Peck kills Arrocases and wounds Wallace and Raymond taking her to hospital, Raymond calls his wife Kathy to tell her to lock the door, fearing that Peck will come after her. Peck however manages to sneak into their home and starts terrorizing her. He makes her take his shoe off and start cleaning his wounded foot, while at the same time he starts talking to her in very perverse, sexual way. When Raymond finally gets home Peck is holding Kathy and keeps her mouth covered so that she can't warn him and then he gets shot by Peck. As Peck smiles at him and prepares to kill Kathy, heavily wounded Raymond manages to run at him, crashing both of them out the window and into the swimming pool. Peck tries to drown Raymond but Raymond manages to get his gun and shoots Peck, killing him, but he almost ends up drowning. Kathy then jumps into the pool and manages to get him out, and after desperate attempts to revive him and screaming at him not to die, he wakes up, vomits and as he does so, Peck's dead body bobs out right next to them. Kathy starts laughing after Raymond revives and two of them then hold each other as the ambulance is heard coming. According to what director Mike Figgis said in his book Liebestraum, this ending was removed and changed because it didn't test well with audience during test screening of his original cut of the film. This is why Figgis wrote and filmed new ending for final theatrical version. However, several parts of the original ending are shown in theatrical and TV trailers of the film, and till this day remain only available parts of it. See more »

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About halfway through the movie, Dennis is waiting for Raymond outside his office. They have a conversation. Dennis crosses his arms, and keeps them crossed for the wide shot. When the camera cuts back to the two-shot, Dennis is now just holding his hands together. See more »

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Steven Arrocas: Can I trust you?
Dennis Peck: Of course you can trust me.
Dennis Peck: [whispers in his ear] I'm a cop.
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Referenced in Spin City: Internal Affairs (1999) See more »

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CARTOON ROCK
Written by Winston Sharples
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Mind games. Manipulation. Corruption. Welcome to the world of Dennis Peck.
28 June 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I have never quite seen a movie like this before. In it, Richard Gere plays his most sinister role and I think his best character in years. There are many disturbing elements in this film and most of them are perpetrated by Richard Gere's Dennis Peck. He knows how to manipulate people to get what he wants and if that doesn't work he uses other measures.

The story goes like this: Richard Gere plays a cop that everyone owes a favour to. He is everyone's friend and everyone's silent worst enemy. He also lives a little above his income should allow him too and this is why he is being investigated by internal affairs. Enter Andy Garcia as Raymond, in a mesmerizing performance. These two know they are going to square off in the film and Peck has fun tormenting him.

Peck is a charismatic, good looking, wealthy play boy. He knows how to use what he has to his advantage, and that eventually means playing with Raymond's head to make him think that he is sleeping with his wife. Did I mention that he is intuitive? And this is established so brilliantly in one of their first meetings together that it makes you cringe.

Peck introduces himself to Raymond and at first he seems very co-operative assuring Raymond that he realizes Ray has a job to do just like he does. But the conversation takes an abrupt turn when Peck begins to hit too close to home when he begins to question how good Raymond's love life is right now. He knows he spends too much time at the office and that he has a beautiful, young wife that may be neglected. The scene works beautifully and sets up the psychological battle that takes place between the two as the film goes on. The next scene they have with each other is enough to make every man cringe at the cruelty of it.

Internal Affairs is a character study at it's finest. There are few films out there that can compare to this one and that can be attributed to the director, Mike Figgis. He hits every note perfectly and the performances he gets from his cast is such a joy to watch. I am surprised that Andy Garcia hasn't gone on to be bigger than he is because he was outstanding here.

This is an absolute must see for anyone that hasn't had the pleasure of doing so yet. But beware, there are some scenes that will get under your skin, especially if you spend too much time at the office and you have a beautiful woman waiting for you at home. What is she doing right now? Who is she with? Are you paranoid or are your concerns real? This film has fun with that paranoia.


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