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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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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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Action | Crime | Thriller

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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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$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 »

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

Quotes

Earl Talbot Blake: I'm gonna do something far worse than kill you. I'm gonna let you live.
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Referenced in Training Day (2001) 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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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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