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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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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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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 the lead characters arm wrestle their hands are not in the correct positions - fingers wrap around the lower thumb, not the opponents palm. See more »

Quotes

Book Man: You! You're a cop, you gotta help me!
Det. Larry Doyle: Sorry, mein fuhrer, I'm off duty.
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References Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976) See more »

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Automatic
Words and Music by Brock Walsh and Mark Goldenberg
Published by MCA Music Publishing, a Division of MCA Inc., Music Corporation of Amercia, Inc. and Fleedleedle Music. Rights administered by MCA Music Publishing,
a Division of MCA Inc.
Performed by The Pointer Sisters
Courtesy of RCA Record Label, a Division of BMG Music
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Denzel, must you?
30 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is just one of those average Die Hard spin offs that in most cases I try to avoid. John Lithgow is pretty convincing as a stark raving mad inmate, but to many aspects of this movie fall flat on its face. Some of this stuff is just to far fetched for me to buy into. Do men in prison really dress themselves up in ghetto armor and masquerade around the lunch hall with swords and battle to the death? Do juries really buy into bashing the defense attorney personally, and do they allow DAs to jump around the courtroom waving his hands in the air like a madman and screaming like a girl? Is it possible to goto a parole hearing, tell a man on the parole board you are going to have sex with his wife and his daughter AND HIS DOG, and then have 3 prisoners just magically bust up in there with power drills and electric saws (with no plug-in around) and kill everybody, then make an escape on a van filled with books for sale? I mean cmon when do you want me to stop? I am able to suspend disbelief for a film in many cases, but then there is this fine line between entertaining and just plain ridiculous. The only reason this movie gets a 4 is because the acting was exceptional. Btw, drug me up on heroin and cocaine and I bet you still can't convince me to have sex with someone I don't want to, even if she is a white hooker with CLAP. 4/10


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