An attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

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Odessa (as Ice T)
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Alice
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Reverend Styles
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Councilman Farris (as John Cothran Jr.)
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Wanda (as Linda Doná)
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R.C.
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Kiley
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In this action thriller, Denzel Washington plays Nick Styles, the assistant district attorney of L.A. The film opens in his early days as a cop on the L.A.P.D. During a carnival, master criminal Earl Talbot Blake creates a scene after a botched drug deal. Styles and Blake confront each other, during which Blake is wounded by Styles and later sent to prison. Seven years later, Blake escapes from prison during a parole board hearing to carry out his revenge against Styles, and what follows is a violent series of events that destroys Styles' career. This sets the stage for one last bloody duel between Styles and Blake. Written by Stephen Currence <billyc@erols.com>

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Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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4 October 1991 (USA)  »

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$21,760,000 (USA)
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According to many reports from people who were members of audience during first test screening of the movie, it was originally much more violent, and it's also been reported that the final version is heavily cut. Also, according to a foreign interview director Russell Mulcahy gave, a scene where Styles is physically abused by Blake until he pukes out and Blake then gets sponge to clean him up was one of the scenes that were cut out after test audience reacted very negatively to watching a white man torture a black man. Some trailers do show shots of scenes which are not in the movie. See more »

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When Styles is getting dressed in the locker room and stands up when the woman comes in the room you can clearly see that Washington is wearing a "modesty pouch". See more »

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Earl Talbot Blake: What the fuck is going on?
Kim: It's Styles. His friends grabbed me and dragged me here.
Earl Talbot Blake: That's impossible!
Kim: Well, I saw him.
Earl Talbot Blake: I killed his life, and he killed himself. You're lying!
Kim: Lying? You stupid, macho fuck! I can't believe this! I can't believe that I've been kissing your ass all these fucking years, and you're such a shithead! You didn't kill his life, and you didn't fuck his mind. You know what you did? You pissed him off. You really fucking pissed him off, and now you're fucked!
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Features White Heat (1949) See more »

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Makin' Happy
Words and Music by Crystal Waters, Neil Conway (as Neal Conway) and Mark Harris
Published by Basement Boys Music, Inc. and BMG Music (Admin. by Polygram International Publishing)
Performed by Crystal Waters
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products, a Division of Polygram Group Dist. Inc.
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Way, Way, WAY over the top
16 June 2005 | by (Canton, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, I like Denzel Washington. I like John Lithgow. I just don't like them together in this movie! Too many implausible situations for me to believe anything like these events could actually happen in real life even though yea, I know, it's ONLY a movie. No real character development, just a lot of action, sex, violence. And we're supposed to believe Denzel, as the cop, paid his way through law school?? One scene towards the end was right out of "White Heat". I'm sure they weren't paying homage to that excellent James Cagney movie, the director probably just ran out of ideas. Watch once if you feel the need and forget about it.........or watch Philadelphia instead.


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