Ricochet (1991)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  4 October 1991 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Odessa (as Ice T)
DA Priscilla Brimleigh
Josh Evans ...
Reverend Styles
Councilman Farris (as John Cothran Jr.)
Wanda (as Linda Doná)
Chief Floyd
Lydell M. Cheshier ...
Mrs. Styles


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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prison | drugs | revenge | murder | lawyer | See All (72) »


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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Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Рикошет  »

Box Office


$21,760,000 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Original screenwriter Fred Dekker intended on directing the film with Kurt Russell in mind for Nick Styles until he lost interest. See more »


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 »


Earl Talbot Blake: I'm gonna do something far worse than kill you. I'm gonna let you live.
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Typical Washington Fare, Which Means Interesting
24 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a typical Denzel Washington film: well-acted, rough language, a racial theme and an involved story that holds your interest. A lot of his movies fit those categories.

Washington plays a preacher's kid and its nice to see he has such respect for him.So many times, Hollywood portrays fathers and especially clergymen in a bad light. John Lithgow is the villain and is such a crazy over-the-top loon he's fun to watch. There are no lulls in this story, yet the action scenes weren't overdone.

It gets predictable in the end but I like the analogy in the film to the classic movie, "White Heat."

I was sorry to see a few things: once again, white people are all the bigots; Lindsay Wagner, television's nice lady of the past, now using very profane language here and looking hard.

Overall, this sometimes looks like a "B" action film more than a classy one but it's still an interesting crime film that sports a few different angles. It may not be one of Washington's better-known efforts, \but it is still entertaining.

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