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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:
Stuck between greatness and clunkiness 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)
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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:
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 »
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Soundtrack:
QUE SERA SERA (WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE)See more »

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Stuck between greatness and clunkiness, 29 April 2010
Author: agsconnolly from United Kingdom

Q & A is one of the most enigmatic films I've seen. It veers drastically between exceptionally good and oddly clunky and sometimes threatens to be pretty poor – and not necessarily in that order. It follows an investigation into a shooting by Michael Brennan, an experienced and ferociously tough police officer played magnificently by Nick Nolte in his pomp. The investigation is conducted by Timothy Hutton, who is a true revelation (to me, at least) as an almost equally tough, but mostly non-violent, lawyer. The situation is muddied by a shady drug-runner (Armand Assante) and a manipulative senior officer (Patrick O'Neal).

The introduction to Nolte's character is fabulous scene-setting, as he holds court with fellow officers regarding some previous rough-housing of a suspect. The Brennan profile is deep and somewhat mysterious – we like him, we hate him, we are disgusted by him….and we want to see more of him. Speaking of which, the film could have benefited from more interplay between Nolte and Hutton. Hutton's brilliantly understated resilience to the aggression of Nolte and Assante, is a surprise and adds a true edginess to the film. Unfortunately, the same can't be said of the very clunky love interest Hutton has with Assante's mistress – we discover they are former lovers who split up over some fairly tenuous business about her father being black. The continued revisiting of this strained relationship is weak and uses time that one feels could be better served building the Brennan character or at least promoting the Nolte/Hutton feud.

Other questionable points in the film concern the various plot turns that are almost casually thrown in and, whilst we don't lose track of proceedings, one feels we could have been given a better idea of how the characters arrive in certain situations. In short, by occasionally rushing things, Q & A often has you wondering if it's a bad film.

But there are some moments that are truly great – various scenes with Nolte, and a short office tantrum by Hutton towards the end. You certainly feel that if this film featured more high profile actors it would be considered much more significant than it is currently. I would recommend Q & A to anyone simply for the performances of Nolte and Hutton – and obviously to fans of gritty cop dramas, who will love it anyway.

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