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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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Writers (WGA):
Edwin Torres (book)
Sidney Lumet (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 April 1990 (USA) See more »
When the questions are dangerous, the answers can be deadly.
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 »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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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)

David Hummel ... Police Officer (uncredited)

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

Directed by
Sidney Lumet (also as Alan Smithee: television prints)
Writing credits
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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132 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
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 »


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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
New York Confidential, 17 November 2005
Author: paul2001sw-1 ( from Saffron Walden, UK

Guess the film from the following description of its characters. A young man investigating misdeeds in the police force, motivated by the memory of his father (a legendary policeman) but also by the pain of having lost the affections of a woman he loves to another player in the drama. A renegade cop, rampaging violently through the city, but revered on the force for standing up to the scum on the streets. And the renegade's boss, who protects him, partly because he himself is on old-school Irish policeman; but partly because he appreciates having his own private bag-man, especially in his dealings with organised crime. Throw in some prostitutes for a little background colour, and it sounds like a perfect description of 'L.A. Confidential'. But it also describes this tough and underrated movie made by Sidney Lumet some years before Curtis Hanson's film.

Whereas Hanson's film was stylised, and glamorised violence (provided the cause was just), Lumet has gone for a more realist approach, and his bad cop (played mesmerisingly by Nick Nolte) is completely rotten, in fact resembling Harvey Kietel's 'Bad Liutennant' in Abel Fererra's movie. The film is dated by its ghastly electronic soundtrack, and more interestingly by its portrait of New York at a time when the city was at its lowest ebb. But it's a very well assembled thriller, exploring issues of race, mixed loyalties and the meaning of good policing without flinching from a grim picture of life on the margins of law abiding society. Lumet has had a long career, but this is one of his better films, and ultimately more truthful than Hanson's stylish charade. Each are good, in their own way: why is only one so appreciated?

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