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
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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.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for language and drug content
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Did You Know?
The fight scene in the prison cafeteria between John Lithgow
and Jesse Ventura
recreates the final duel from Russell Mulcahy
's earlier film Highlander
(1986). There are multiple visual references, including the use of swords, the foley effects, the back-lit windows, and the camera angles, including the famous tracking shot of the camera rolling along the floor. See more
As street cops, Styles and his partner are walking a beat at the carnival without their uniform hats, which are required whenever an officer is outdoors. See more
You're the D.A.!
Wrong! They fired me. As a private citizen I can kick anybody's ass I want to.
References Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde
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