As the film opens on an Oklahoma farm during the depression, two simultaneous visitors literally hit the Wagoneer home: a ruinous dust storm and a convertible crazily driven by Red, the ... See full summary »
A hard but mediocre cop is assigned to escort a prostitute into custody from Las Vegas to Phoenix, so that she can testify in a mob trial. But a lot of people are literally betting that they won't make it into town alive.
Nick Pulovski is a cop, who is presently assigned to the auto theft division and who for the most part of his career has not done anything worthwhile. But when he discovers that a man named Strom is the brains behind a major car theft and chop shop ring, he sees this as his opportunity to do something. After his partner is killed, the case is then transfered to homicide, so he is taken off the case. And he is assigned a new partner, David Ackerman. a cop who has just recently been promoted to detective. But Pulovski feeling as if Strom is his decides to continue pursuing him but Ackerman who tries to play by the rules is not sure what to do, and he is also a little afraid cause of a childhood incident. Written by
In 1990 Clint Eastwood was obviously more comfortable making films where he gets to shoot people rather than elephants, so it was no surprise, after the failure of 'White Hunter, Black Heart', to find him regressing to yet another formula variation of Dirty You-Know-Who. The plot has only been recycled ninety times before, but the familiar terrain was doubt reassuring to Eastwood fans, for whom character and credibility aren't as important as the number of cars that can be smashed together. Quite a few are totaled in the spectacular opening chase, but after that the film settles into a routine cops-and-robbers caper, with nothing too surprising about it except the revelation that villain Raul Julia and his nympho-psycho-killer girlfriend Sonia Braga are meant to be German. Even the title is misleading, since rookie Charlie Sheen is already a junior vigilante to begin with, and he learns nothing new from his veteran partner except the reckless behavior of a true Hollywood cop.
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