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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:
Engaging and interesting with dynamite performances and a great script. 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)

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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the gay club dressing room where Bobby Texador, his wife and bodyguards are meeting Roger Montalvo, "I Love Paul C." is written and circled on the message board directly behind Montalvo, played by 'Paul Calderon'.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:
Captain Lt. Michael 'Mike' Brennan, NYPD:You're the whitest black man I know, Chappy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Nick Nolte: No Exit (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
TIP-TOE THRU' THE TULIPS WITH MESee more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Engaging and interesting with dynamite performances and a great script., 18 February 2008
Author: johnnyboyz from Hampshire, England

The one thing Q & A has going for it the entire time is in the form of its atmosphere; it's utterly, utterly effective atmosphere that is very much present due to one thing: we know exactly what the character of Brennan (Nolte) has done but Reilly (Hutton), who is supposed to find out exactly what the situation is, doesn't. This is an interesting idea and a bit of a spin to put on the pretty bog-standard situation of your standard, 1980s to early 1990s internal affairs cop thriller. What works is that we, the audience, have a position of power that the characters in the film do not; thus the hero (Reilly) has to work things out but we don't, however we will be with him all the way to see if he is able to crack it. Alternatively, what the audience do know is exactly what Brennan knows which perhaps lures the audience into false identification.

I think director Lumet, who is certainly well accomplished; most definitely by the time this was made, wanted to make a bit of a noir out of this idea. He shoots the film in such a way that has the hero go on his own personal quest of discovery, even if that discovery is one he might not even want to discover given the truth behind it; Lumet also injects several different types of characters into the story: the hard bodied cop in Brennan who is harder than the hero himself (an interesting spin on things); a South American drug baron and his bodyguards; an old flame who is somehow connected to the baron; a homosexual singer/performer and some allies to the upstanding hero, two of whom are 'Chappie' Chapman (Dutton) and Luis Valentin (Guzmán). Q & A works as a noir-come-internal affairs crime story because it combines things we're familiar with but injects them with, arguably, an auteur's own personal approach. Reilly as a hero seems venerable but smart given his history with the female character now connected with the drug baron and the script consistently pumps out quality one-liners, the majority of which are spouted by Brennan.

Adding to the noir pointers, it rains a lot in the film but it's significant as to when it rains. Reilly's reunification in the car with his old flame happens after the baron has threatened him to stay away from her thus creating tension; he has done something he shouldn't have after someone of a superior rank has told him not to. But the meeting in the car, although very well placed given the inclusion of the rain, allows us to see deeper into the past of said couple's relationship. It turns out the flame mistook (or perhaps she didn't) a look Reilly gave her father upon seeing he was black, something that obviously points to bigotry. But then again, the film is racist without ever really demeaning any race, religion or ethnic group. Certainly, the level of racism in the dialogue is rather high but when one of Reilly's friend's is in the bar telling him how much of a 'great man' the chief of homicide is, the element of hate is built up through the script and our opinions of a character alternate without him even being on screen. It's also worth saying that when you have a film which contains a character both black and homosexual, one of which is also physically weak the majority of people will have a field day going up in arms over it; but I felt the film steered away from any sort of stereotyping and thus does its best to create a realistic character without any aim to offend. It's worth saying here that director Lumet directed 12 Angry Men, a film that was all about fighting for what's right whether black, Spanish-American or whatever.

So Q & A is a courtroom drama set outside the court; a noir that it in colour and made in the 1990s; your not so average, everyday cop thriller from the 1980s-90s and your entertaining, compelling detective novel stretched across 130 minutes complete with colourful characters, hate, love, regret and humorous one-liners and insults. Brennon is perhaps the star but given the audience know exactly what he knows throughout several of the scenes, it's almost as if he's the star. Yes, he's mean and spiteful; yes, he intimidates and goes below the belt but if anything, I read people saying: 'watch it for Nolte'. Good call, he's almost the hero given what we know and Reilly doesn't but that's the apparent genius of Q & A: you have your detective cordon, your love cordon and your hard bodied bully cordon. I could recommend Q & A for a number of things, including a re-watch just to clarify a few things but do not let a complicated plot at all put you off seeing it.

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