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Q & A -- 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.

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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Edwin Torres (book)
Sidney Lumet (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 April 1990 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
When the questions are dangerous, the answers can be deadly.
Plot:
A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
User Reviews:
This is one &!(## X&^@+**#-ing tough movie. See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nick Nolte ... Captain Michael Brennan

Timothy Hutton ... Asst. Dist. Atty. Aloysius 'Al' Francis Reilly

Armand Assante ... Roberto 'Bobby Tex' Texador

Patrick O'Neal ... Kevin Quinn (Chief of Homicide)
Lee Richardson ... Leo Bloomenfeld

Luis Guzmán ... Det. Luis Valentin (as Luis Guzman)

Charles S. Dutton ... Det. Sam 'Chappie' Chapman (Homicide) (as Charles Dutton)

Jenny Lumet ... Nancy Bosch / Mrs. Bobby Texador

Paul Calderon ... Roger Montalvo
International Chrysis ... José Malpica

Dominic Chianese ... Larry Pesch / Vito / Lorenzo Franconi (as Dominick Chianese)

Leonardo Cimino ... Nick Petrone (mob boss)

Fyvush Finkel ... Preston Pearlstein
Gustavo Brens ... Alfonse Segal
Martin E. Brens ... Armand Segal
Maurice Schell ... Det. Zucker

Thomas Mikal Ford ... Lubin (court stenographer) (as Tommy A. Ford)

John Capodice ... Hank Mastroangelo
Frederick Rolf ... District Attorney
Hal Lehrman ... Altshul

Gloria Irizarry ... Mrs. Bosch (Nancy's mother)
Brian Neill ... Sylvester / Sophia
Susan Mitchell ... Flo (hooker)
Drew Eliot ... Magnus
Frank Raiter ... Seabury
Harry Madsen ... Antonio 'Tony' Vasquez
Jerry Ciauri ... Bruno Valli (Pesch's driver)
George Kodisch ... Insp. Flynn
Burtt Harris ... Phil
Michael A. Joseph ... Pimp
Cynthia O'Neal ... Agnes Quinn
Victor Colicchio ... After Hours Luis Alvarado

Anibal O. Lleras ... After Hours patron (as Anibal Lleras)
José Rafael Arango ... After Hours patron
David Dill ... Bartender
Alex Ruiz ... Danny (hitman)
Richard Solchik ... Phillie (hitman)
Edward Rogers III ... José's apartment detective (Frank)
Junior Perez ... 'Nancy' Captain
Javier Ríos ... Boat lover
June Stein ... Assistant District Attorney
Rod Rodriguez ... Carlo
Sonny Vito ... Gino

Olga Merediz ... Mrs. Valentin
Peter Gumeny ... Guard
Edward Rowan ... Ed
Danny Darrow ... Phone investigator
José Collazo ... Fisherman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

José Alvarez ... Niteclub Dancer (uncredited)

G.W. Bailey ... Bartender (uncredited)
Janis Corsair ... TWA Supervisor (uncredited)

Vincent Pastore ... Man Sitting at Bar (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet (also as Alan Smithee: television prints)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Edwin Torres (book)

Sidney Lumet (screenplay)

Alan Smithee (screenplay) (on television prints)

Produced by
Burtt Harris .... producer
Lilith Jacobs .... associate producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Patrick Wachsberger .... executive producer
Mike Wise .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Rubén Blades 
 
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard P. Cirincione  (as Richard Cirincione)
 
Casting by
Joy Todd 
 
Production Design by
Philip Rosenberg 
 
Art Direction by
Beth Kuhn 
 
Set Decoration by
Gary J. Brink 
 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Neil Spisak 
 
Makeup Department
Joe Cranzano .... makeup artist
Bob Grimaldi .... hair stylist (as Robert Grimaldi)
 
Production Management
Nannette Rosa-Collazo .... production supervisor: Puerto Rico
John H. Starke .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Julie A. Bloom .... second assistant director
Nelson Cabrera .... second second assistant director
Parnes Cartwright .... second assistant director
Burtt Harris .... first assistant director
Vicente Juarbe .... second assistant director: Puerto Rico
Rebecca Saionz .... dga trainee
 
Art Department
James J. Archer .... assistant props
Clive Brown .... head carpenter: Puerto Rico
James Halligan .... head construction grip
Carl Landi .... construction coordinator
Richard Reseigne .... design/construction coordinator: Puerto Rico
Siv Sandstrom .... art department coordinator
William Sohmer .... stand-by scenic
Leticia Stella-Serra .... props/set dressing: Puerto Rico
Walter Stocklin .... property master
Bruce Swanson .... leadman
Richard A. Ventre .... master scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Rick Dior .... sound re-recording engineer
John Fundus .... boom operator
Dennis Maitland II .... sound recordist
Jane McCulley .... adr editor
James H. Nau .... assistant sound editor
Christopher Newman .... sound mixer
Peter Odabashian .... sound editor
Mark Rathaus .... sound editor
Maurice Schell .... supervising sound editor
Leo Trombetta .... assistant sound editor
Susan M. Wagner .... assistant sound editor
Susan Sklar Friedman .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fausto Ferrer Cruz .... special effects assistant: Puerto Rico
J.B. Jones .... special effects: yacht
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Buck .... key grip
Michael Caracciolo .... second assistant camera
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Michael J. Fabiano .... key rigging grip (as Mike Fabiano Jr.)
Michael Green .... first assistant camera
James Malone .... key rigging electrician
Frances 'Buddy' McBride .... best boy (as Buddy McBride)
James McGrath .... dolly grip
Gary Muller .... first assistant camera
Tom Priestley Jr. .... camera operator
Andrew Priestley .... second assistant camera
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
William Ward .... gaffer
Douglas Pellegrino .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Wanda Berrios Diaz .... extras coordinator: Puerto Rico
Tere Lopez .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sue Gandy .... assistant costume designer
Donna Maloney .... wardrobe supervisor
Benjamin Wilson .... wardrobe supervisor (as Ben Wilson)
 
Editorial Department
Phil Downey .... color timer
Kerry Fulton .... apprentice editor (as Kerry Fulton-Peluffo)
David Siegel .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Michael Farrow .... music engineer (as Mike Farrow)
Carlos Franzetti .... conductor and arranger
 
Transportation Department
Thomas Reilly .... transportation captain
Paul Rivera .... transportation captain: Puerto Rico
 
Other crew
Miguel Arteta .... location assistant
Stephen Danza .... location manager
Michael DeCasper .... production assistant
Maureen Garvey .... production assistant
David Harris .... production assistant
Liza J. Harris .... production office assistant
Delphine J. Kilianski .... production secretary: puerto rico
Paige Morrow Kimball .... production assistant (as Paige Morrow)
Ilene S. Landress .... production accountant
Jackie Martin .... production coordinator
Kathleen McGill .... production controller
John Penotti .... production assistant
Valley Via Reseigne .... accountant: puerto rico
Barbara Stoia .... script supervisor
James Traynor .... production assistant (as Jay Traynor)
Tim Williams .... production assistant
Douglas Yellin .... production executive
 

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Runtime:
132 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Nick Nolte gained 50 pounds for his role as Brennan.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
Preston Pearlstein:[getting introduced with Bloomenfeld's friend] How do you do? I'm delighted!
Leo Bloomenfeld:That's it Perlstein! Don't spoil my appetite, we haven't eaten yet.
Preston Pearlstein:[laughing] what a character!
[laughing again, louder]
Leo Bloomenfeld:Look at that son of a bitch.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
This is one &!(## X&^@+**#-ing tough movie., 30 March 2002
Author: Robert J. Maxwell (rmax304823@yahoo.com) from Deming, New Mexico, USA

The last and least of Sidney Lumet's three stories of (more or less) innocents trying to uncover police corruption and blow the whistle on the guilty, and the only fictional story. There's nothing wrong with the acting of the principals. Nolte is brutish and tall in an over-the-top performance. (He always looks larger on screen than in person.) His New York accent, however, is clearly superimposed on an unregional Omaha set of phonemes. Jenny Lumet looks splendid but has the same problem with her accent, and her scenes are too long as part of a mixed-up romantic subplot that doesn't hold together well. Timothy Hutton has less of a notable problem with his speech, and he is really quite good as the innocent-looking but by no means weak investigating attorney. He even looks pretty Irish. O'Neal is the smoothly villainous and murderous head of the investigation, and a very good villain he is, as usual. Guzman and Dutton provide excellent supporting roles. And Armand Assante seems built for the part of the iron-eating PR drug dealer who has made the decision, a thoroughly rational one, to get out and live in the Caribbean sunshine. His body movements provide a language unto themselves, his smallest gestures are magnetic. They draw so much attention to themselves that they are almost the self-parody that they were in his hilarious spoof of detective movies. He's an exceptional actor.

The movie's plot, however, leaves a good deal to be desired. Its fictional skeleton shows through. You've never seen so much ethnicity on the screen before, and it's misplaced. It's easy enough to believe that racial insults are offhandedly traded among in-group members but difficult to believe that every conversational exchange, no matter how casual or intense, must include one. And at the very time when some of these barriers are beginning to weaken, judging from the rising rates of intermarriage. Serpico's story was relatively simple. Prince of the City far more complex and realistically tragic. This one is simply hard to follow as well as hard to believe. Boats turn into fireballs in unlikely ways, as they do in quickie action movies. Characters fly back and forth from San Juan to New York and some are killed and it's difficult to keep track of what's what and who's who. It isn't that Lumet has lost his touch.

When a character is shot in the neck, man does he bleed out. But the director is working with less compelling material here and in any case this kind of narrative is running out of steam. All of that notwithstanding, this is still a notch above most of the junk polluting the multiplex screens today.

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