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A Show of Force (1990)

R | | Drama, Thriller | 11 May 1990 (USA)
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An American journalist in Puerto Rico in 1978 investigates the death of nationalists who may have been murdered by the police.

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Kate Melendez
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Luis Angel Mora
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Jesus Fuentes
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Howard
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Frank Curtin
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Machado
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Captain Correa
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Pepita
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Julio Dominguez
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Alice Ryan
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Foster
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Walker Ryan
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Asencio
Fernando Quinones ...
Fernando Quinones
Claribel Medina ...
Carla De Ruiz
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Porto Rico, 1978. The Antillian autonomous US Commonwealth is divided by supporters of becoming a full US member state and independence activists, including a violent wing the governor labels as terrorists. Divorced reporter Kate Melendez, widow of independista lawyer Juan, gets in personal danger when she stumbles on a dark set-up. Federal agent Jesus Fuentes officially infiltrated an operation to illegally broadcast a message on Constitution Day in which students Jorge Rey and Alfredo Ruiz are killed. He instigates kidnappings and murders, covered by powerful people. She's scared away, but the senate appoints a special investigator, Luis Angel Mora. Written by KGF Vissers

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When a person murders, it's a crime. When a government murders, it's a cover-up.

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Drama | Thriller

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11 May 1990 (USA)  »

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A terror csapdájában  »

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$152,982 (USA)
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Priscilla Pointer (Alice Ryan) is the real life mother of Amy Irving (Kate Melendez). See more »

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An Interesting but not memorable film.
2 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

We know that bad things happen and we get treated like mushrooms, but most of us probably prefer not to hear the all truth as it maybe too uncomfortable for us to accept. In this film which takes place in Puerto Rico,two young men are shot dead by the police because they where supposed to be terrorists who where planning an attack. In truth, this was not the case and reporter Kate Melendez played by Amy Irving sets out to prove that the two young men had been murdered. Kate who is the sort of Journalist who "Will not drop the case" even if she herself is in danger is played pretty well by Amy, but Lou Diamond Phillips takes the acting honours as Jesus Fuentes the police undercover agent. The film boasts a good cast which includes Robert Duvall, Kevin Spacey and Andy Garcia who sports a huge black beard which almost covers his entire face. I never really felt that the film dragged although there is not a lot of action in it. An interesting movie yes, but not I thought a particularly memorable one.


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