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The Last of the Finest (1990)

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An elite group of vice cops are fired from the L.A.P.D. for being over-zealous in their war against drugs. It is immediately apparent that some of their superiors are involved in the drug ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Frank Daly
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Wayne Gross
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Ricky Rodriguez
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Howard 'Hojo' Jones
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Anthony Reece
Henry Stolow ...
Stant
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R.J. Norringer
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Captain Joe Torres
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Calvert
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Linda Daly
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Harriet Gross
Patricia Clipper ...
Rose
Michele Little ...
Anita
Susannah Kelly ...
Daly Baby
Sheila Kelly ...
Daly Baby
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An elite group of vice cops are fired from the L.A.P.D. for being over-zealous in their war against drugs. It is immediately apparent that some of their superiors are involved in the drug ring. Banded together, four of the banned cops (which quickly becomes three when one is killed early) band together to fight the drug ring undercover. They gain capital for weapons by ripping off minor drug dealers. Then well-armed they go after the kingpin (Boyd). Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Four honest cops are getting too close to a crime they aren't supposed to solve. See more »

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9 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Street Legal  »

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$1,531,489 (USA)
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During production, several titles were considered - including "Street Legal" and "Point of Impact". Orion eventually settled on The Last of the Finest. See more »

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Wayne Gross: [to Ricky] I bet if you met your father he'd probably be Irish
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References The Blues Brothers (1980) See more »

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It's Not Unusual
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Fair for the Action Genre
25 April 2004 | by (Lake Isabella, CA) – See all my reviews

The Last of the Finest, also released as Street Legal, is a fair action film from 1990, starring Brian Dennehy as Officer Frank Daly of the LAPD, and he and his fellow officers (Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Fahey and Bill Paxton) are up aganist a drug operaton headed by a US Government agent (Guy Boyd). After the investigation grows cold, Daly is forced to turn in his badge, but he takes matters into his own hands and also doesn't realize that his former police captain (Henry Darrow) is also apart of the operation. After Bill Paxton's character is killed, Daly does what any honest cop would, to bring justice back, or let the Government get away with the crime. Director John MacKenzie tries to build up a good cop story, but seems to rely mostly on tongue in check, not to mention some slow moving scenes, without action or adventure. However the ending showdown on a Los Angeles football field was pretty good, the helicopter crash looked rather authentic. But like most early 90's action films, The Last of the Finest is an average film most of us have probably seen.


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