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

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Reverend Styles
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Storyline

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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He's a cop accused of murder. And the only man who knows he's innocent is the killer who framed him. See more »

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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)  »

Also Known As:

Рикошет  »

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$21,760,000 (USA)
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Trivia

John Lithgow almost never blinks during this film. He wore a contact lens to give the impression that his Earl T. Blake character had a glass eye. See more »

Goofs

When Earl Talbot Blake is in the prison infirmary watching a video of Nick Styles about to initiate an arrest on a Drug Deal, the date on-screen says "11.Sept.1985". The voice-over narrator states, Nick Styles arrested Blake "Two Years Ago". There is a banner at the beginning of the Carnival Scene that Blake and Styles first meet, that has "1984" on it, which contradicts what the announces stated. See more »

Quotes

Parole Board Official: Mr. Blake, what will you do if you get out of prison?
Blake: [thinking] Well, I guess, Mr. Chairman, that first I'll pay a visit to your house.
Parole Board Official: To thank me, I suppose?
Blake: No... to fuck your wife. And your daughter. Hell, maybe even your dog.
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References Highlander (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Tuff Enuff
Words and Music by Kim Wilson
Published by Fab Bird Music (Admin. by CMI)
Performed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Courtesy of Epic/Associated Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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I love it when they beg
6 January 2006 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

This rating means so bad it's great. Over the top to the point of a Monty Python movie. Bad American Action movie finally becomes enjoyable comedy.

Too many highlights to mention, but I'll try. John Lithgow showing he can't stop mugging--a sad thing from someone who was a great actor before he became a mugging TV sitcom actor. Denzel in his most embarrassing moment, stripping off all his clothes down to his undies to distract the villain. And the scene with the hooker when she walks up to a drugged out Denzel who is begging her in his drugged state to not have sex with him (she does anyway) and she says "I love it when they beg" Over the top music score helps push this into bad movie heaven as does the "making crap great" director R.M. working at the top of his bad movie MTV form. I miss him now in these days of Michael Bay etc, he had style to his crap that saved some of the films or elevated them to be fandango's of excess and lighting. Outlandish in every sense also tasteless on every level this is Hollywood product at its most SUPER SIZE ME level.

The only thing that may hinder your enjoyment is if you like Denzel and Lithgow (I certainly liked them at their best) and don't want to see them totally take this job for the money. Also a problem if you can't take the attempts at nasty film-making as comedy, which you have to to enjoy this mean spirited ridiculous trash, your apt to be offended and would have every right to. But not taken seriously this is a real gem and should become a cult item in the future.


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