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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This is one case that's going to be settled out of court.
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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
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
I guess a Beretta in the butt beats a butterfly in a boot, huh?
References The Love Boat
Words and Music by Adamski
(as Adam Tinley) and Seal
Published by MCA Music Ltd. Beethoven Street Music, Ltd/Perfect Songs/Virgin Music
Performed by Seal
Courtesy of Sire Records/ZTT Records Ltd./Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
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