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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain Michael Brennan
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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 refuse 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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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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Trivia

Sidney Lumet:  the director was unhappy with the way this movie was edited for television so he had his name removed and replaced with the pseudonym "Alan Smithee" for the television broadcast version. 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: [to Reilly] It's a pleasure, we knew your old man, cops like that that made us the finest, we were just telling some old war stories, Mike told us what cojones he got, this jungle bunny over here is laughing his ass off
[Chappie Interrupts]
Det. Sam 'Chappie' Chapman: You ain't nothin' but a nigger with straight hair.
Insp. Flynn: Gentlemen, you are both in violation of department directives, racial epithets are not permitted!
Det. Luis Valentin: Excuse me sir, whose racist? Me and Chappie? We're the minorities man, you're damn lucky to get us, if we quit,...
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Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008) See more »

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Don't Double-Cross the Ones You Love
Song by Ruben Blades
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Walk on the wild side
11 July 2004 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Whats not to like about this movie? Well, the violent and the dark, at times manic context which prevails in a good share of the scenes, together with the perversity thats being thrown at you in the most unsubtle way. Nick Nolte's Brennan must be the most foul,intimidating and maniacal cop figure ever portrayed since Orson Welles' Captain Quinlan in "Touch of evil". He pulls off a great performance, although not very pleasant to watch (nor listen, for that matter).

Whats there to like about this movie? For one thing, there is Armand Assante and what most likely is the role of his career, even if its a supporting one and he gets only a couple scene stealers. He demonstrates how great he can be if given the right part. And his role is very interesting, an archcriminal with feelings, brought out by a woman who may not even love him.

Jenny Lumet was also good in her role, although I missed more interaction between her and Assante's character. Timothy Hutton, although overshadowed by Nolte and Assante in turns (inevitable really), proves again that he is a solid actor.His performance is not spectacular(as the role doesn't allow it), but its worthwhile. Another great presence by Patrick O'Neal as the sly and cunning district attorney with a criminal past and ties to Bobby Texador(Assante).

Sidney Lumet is the master of socio-political drama/comedy/thriller. Here he mixes all three into an enjoyable, intriguing and satisfactory work. This film deserves more attention than I believe it got. But again, looking at its "walk on the wild side" perspective, it really couldn't have become a blockbuster hit an average person chooses to watch on video or DVD on a Saturday night.


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