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A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Asst. Dist. Atty. Aloysius 'Al' Francis Reilly
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Roberto 'Bobby Tex' Texador
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Kevin Quinn (Chief of Homicide)
Lee Richardson ...
Leo Bloomenfeld
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Det. Luis Valentin (as Luis Guzman)
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Det. Sam 'Chappie' Chapman (Homicide) (as Charles Dutton)
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Nancy Bosch / Mrs. Bobby Texador
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Roger Montalvo
International Chrysis ...
José Malpica
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Larry Pesch / Vito / Lorenzo Franconi (as Dominick Chianese)
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Nick Petrone (mob boss)
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Preston Pearlstein
Gustavo Brens ...
Alfonse Segal
Martin E. Brens ...
Armand Segal
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A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty crime film. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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When the questions are dangerous, the answers can be deadly.

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27 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tödliche Fragen  »

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$11,207,891 (USA)
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Nick Nolte gained 50 pounds for his role as Brennan. See more »

Goofs

Chief Quinn asks ADA Reilly why he did not attend St. John's Law School. Hutton says his father didn't like the Jesuits. St. John's University is not a Jesuit institution. It is conducted by the Vincentians. See more »

Quotes

Det. Luis Valentin: This case is dirty, I feel it in the cojones you know?
Det. Sam 'Chappie' Chapman: You're listening to a piece of shit like Bobby Tex, the day you start believing a damn dope-dealing Spic against a cop like Mike is the day I turn in my badge! Mike Brennan is the best cop I ever saw! First one through the door, the window, the skylight, he stepped in front of a bullet for me once, caught it in his left hand and shoved it up the punk's ass! Now unless you know, don't blow, this is serious.
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TIP-TOE THRU' THE TULIPS WITH ME
Written by Al Dubin and Joseph A. Burke
Performed by Tiny Tim
Courtesy of Reprise Records
Warner Bros. Music
A division of Warner Bros. Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Very Strong Performances
23 December 2000 | by (TEXAS) – See all my reviews

I liked this film, a lot. It had some uneven moments in it, mostly Sidney Lumet's daughter's attempt at acting. However, Nolte and Assante are GREAT! This is gritty and realistic movie making. One sympathizes with the somewhat idealistic assistant district attorney (Timothy Hutton) as he tries to do the right thing, with so many thing in his way. The language of the movie is raw, with many memorable quotes. However, after viewing the movie you will find yourself remembering the roles of Nolte (Frank Brennan) and Armand Assante (Bobby Texador). Nolte is a cross between John Wayne and Ted Bundy. He is the first cop through the door and the first to pull out his weapon. He gets the job done, but he also breaks the law whenever he sees fit. Hutton, like many, admire Nolte, but the more they find out about the guy, the more they see that he might be the real threat to society. Bobby Tex is the very charismatic drug dealer that honestly wants to get out of the business alive. It is rare that the character that you root for the most is a drug dealer, but this movie maybe the one exception. He is better than the murdering cop. Hutton plays the straight guy in between these two forces of nature. Hutton has personal demons and real demons standing in way of doing the right thing. Good, solid story that you will enjoy. No Hollywood ending here. This movie is RAW!


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