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Ricochet (1991)

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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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Odessa (as Ice T)
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Reverend Styles
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R.C.
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Kiley
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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  »

Box Office

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$21,760,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

There are various times throughout the film that Blake's fogged eye becomes clear. See more »

Quotes

Nick Styles: What the fuck is wrong with all y'all? Selling drugs to each other, 'cause ya damn sure ain't selling them in Beverly Hills. Killing yourselves, and for what? Make ya feel like a man? Or does it make ya dick hard? Punk motherfuckers.
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I Love Your Smile
Words and Music by Narada Michael Walden, Shanice (as Shanice Wilson), Sylvester Jackson,
Jarvis La Rue Baker
Published by Gratitude Sky Music (ASCAP), Shanice 4 U Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Shanice (as Shanice Wilson)
Courtesy of Motown Record Company. L.P.
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The Academy obviously hasn't seen this film...
25 March 2002 | by (Southern Hemisphere) – See all my reviews

You know an actor is in trouble when he gives a less convincing or heartfelt performance than Ice-T, and yet the Academy saw fit to award this film an Oscar for his later performance in a film that looks like a mere extension of the gangland visit scene in this wreck. I swear, the Oscars get more meaningless with each passing year.

John Lithgow puts in a fine performance as the bad guy, but in the end, you wind up rooting for him because Denzel Washington's acting makes one believe that he just doesn't give a damn. Hasn't anyone else noticed that he plays every single role he gets, regardless of its dimensions, exactly the same? Unlike other actors who do this, such as Russell Crowe or Jack Nicholson, he cannot even do it in an interesting way.

One thing this film does have going for it is the violence, which was graphic enough to get the film an R-rating in Australia during a period when the OFLC was a touch more relaxed, but unfortunately there is not enough of it to make the film interesting to watch, as was the case in Virtuosity (another steamer in which Washington is out-acted by the pot plants).

I used to enjoy Ricochet as a guilty pleasure, but after seeing Denzel Washington get the highest of accolades for a film that was out of theatres here almost as quickly as it was released, I won't be watching it again. It only gets a five out of ten from me for John Lithgow's devilish performance.


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