The Last of the Finest (1990)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  9 March 1990 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Frank Daly
Wayne Gross
Ricky Rodriguez
Howard 'Hojo' Jones
Anthony Reece
Henry Stolow ...
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Captain Joe Torres
Linda Daly
Harriet Gross
Patricia Clipper ...
Michele Little ...
Susannah Kelly ...
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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 <>

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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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15 January 2011 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"The Last Of The Finest" didn't do a great deal of business when it was first release, possibly because the studio tried to market it as an action movie (it really isn't), and Dennehy, best known for playing heavies, possibly didn't fit audience's idea of a hero. Actually, Dennehy is pretty good playing his atypical role, believable as a cop who is honest and tries to do the right thing. The supporting cast is also pretty good in their roles. But the central conflict, dealing with bad guys in high places trying to interfere with the conflicts in Central America, is pretty standard stuff. I think that if they had tried to make this more of an action-oriented movie, it would have played a lot better. It's not a bad movie, just somewhat flat as it is. You will find it more entertaining if you watch it on commercial TV, however, because the ludicrous dubbing to remove the extensive foul language is unintentionally funny.

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