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Q & A (1990)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  27 April 1990 (USA)
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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 refuse to help him in this gritty ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Michael Brennan
Asst. Dist. Atty. Aloysius 'Al' Francis Reilly
Roberto 'Bobby Tex' Texador
Kevin Quinn (Chief of Homicide)
Lee Richardson ...
Leo Bloomenfeld
Det. Luis Valentin (as Luis Guzman)
Det. Sam 'Chappie' Chapman (Homicide) (as Charles Dutton)
Nancy Bosch / Mrs. Bobby Texador
Roger Montalvo
International Chrysis ...
José Malpica
Larry Pesch / Vito / Lorenzo Franconi (as Dominick Chianese)
Nick Petrone (mob boss)
Preston Pearlstein
Gustavo Brens ...
Alfonse Segal
Martin E. Brens ...
Armand Segal


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 refuse to help him in this gritty crime film. Written by Keith Loh <>

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


Crime | Drama


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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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Kevin Quinn's (Patrick O'Neal) wife Agnes is played by Cynthia O'Neal, Patrick O'Neal's real life wife. See more »


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 »


Captain Lt. Michael 'Mike' Brennan, NYPD: Oh, Reilly. You just loved the idea of your father. Now, your father was dirty. He was as dirty as they come. Nothing big, just penny-ante stuff. You know, free meals. A place to coop. For a while, he was a bag man for a pad in the South Bronx. The normal stuff. He took home $100, $150 a week. That's all. But hell, what a cop. Like me, he was the first through the door, the window, the skylight! I mean, he knew there were animals out there! He knew there was a line the niggers, the spics, the ...
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"Hey, Sidney!"
7 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Yeah, what?" - "Who are we getting to chew up the scenery as Mike Brennan?"

  • "You kiddin' me? You specialising in bustin' my b**ls? Send for Nick

Nolte!" - "Nick (choke) Nolte? Are you talking to me? I've just been on the phone to the mayor and the D.A. is crawlin' up my ass. You're a dinosaur, Lumet. Your ideas don't fit today. I want your director's guild ID on this desk now. People have a nasty habit of gettin' DEAD around you!"

This is one of Lumet's three hour and always worthy examinations of police corruption and compromised idealism. This is similiar to his 'Prince of the city' although it's not let down by an actor like Treat Williams who was not up to the job. Q&A suffers from some over-ripe, stagey and over played performances that are allowed to run on longer than the scene's necessity. It also has such ugliness and perversion that you wonder whether the film really needed to be made as we have been down this road before. Hutton has the best scene whereby his heart is broken by a loyal old mentor who always warned him that it was inevitable.

The main problem I have with this film is the susposed racism of the Reilly character. I'm not sure about the point of the subplot and why would a man who has a coloured girlfriend be shocked that her father is black? Surely it was on the cards.

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