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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Stretch
Dorian Fletcher
Tova Arrocas
Penny Stretch
Steven Arrocas
Rudy Mohr
John Capodice ...
Chief Healy
Susan Forristal ...


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Trust him... he's a cop.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

12 January 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Box Office


$27,734,391 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Richard Gere and Andy Garcia reportedly did not get along during filming. Some of the scenes in which they were required to hit each other, particularly the confrontation in the elevator, were allegedly for real. Garcia subsequently refused to attend the wrap party. See more »


Amy (Laurie Metcalf') introduces herself as a Senior Detective and a Sergent to Raymond's (Andy Garcia's) Detective but at the funeral their dress uniforms show them to hold the same rank. See more »


Amy Wallace: What Oakes said about your fellow officers respecting and honoring you is, as you probably know, complete crap. Most of the cops hate our guts. To the extent that they credit us with having any. They think we're climbers who went into I.A.D. for the promotions, which is true, not that we necessarily get them. So, they're polite because they're afraid of us. That's all.
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Written by Hugo Molinares
Performed by Fernando Lavoy
Courtesy of Don Mateo Records
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A sexual and psychological battle is set by Figgis.
18 August 1999 | by (Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil) – See all my reviews

This intelligent and well-directed thriller has some brutal, extremely violent scenes, but what makes you really come closer to the tension created by this original and realistic plot is the psychological confrontation among the two main characters, and Mike Figgis works out on it,settling the battle in the sexual and physical aspects,what is evident in the second meeting of Garcia and Gere:Raymond Avila (Andy Garcia, who develops his role in a silent, but extremely lowering form) is a correct, honest Internal Affairs' agent, and he receives the mission to investigate Dennis Peck (Richard Gere, in what can be easily pointed as his best career's performance), a corrupt,charming and cruel cop who has a lot of ex-wives and sons.The moment in which Peck and Avila are together breaks out an explosive hostility: Peck starts to talk about family, and suddenly touches in a sensitive issue, Avila's wife.Avila doesn't like Peck's provocation, and hits him.The battle is set.This scene is very thrilling and memorable.The sound track and the photography contribute to build a hot and agile rhythm. Internal Affairs is an entertaining and interesting movie, and if you liked Q&A and The French Connection, you will enjoy it!

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