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Ricochet (1991)

A District 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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DA Priscilla Brimleigh
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Alice
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Reverend Styles
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Councilman Farris (as John Cothran Jr.)
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Kiley
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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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$21,760,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Ricochet (1991) is the first of two movies to feature Denzel Washington and John Lithgow, the next one is The Pelican Brief (1993), that time around, Lithgow isn't a villain. See more »

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When Styles is getting dressed in the locker room and stands up when the woman comes in the room you can clearly see that Washington is wearing a "modesty pouch". See more »

Quotes

Nick Styles: You killed Farris, didn't you?
Earl Talbot Blake: You killed my life.
Nick Styles: So, now we're even, is that it?
Earl Talbot Blake: [scoffs] We're not even close.
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References The Love Boat (1977) See more »

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Ricochet
Written and Performed by Ice-T (as Ice T)
Used Courtesy of Warner Special Products/Sire Records
Copyright © 1991 Rhyme Syndicate Music (ASCAP)
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Denzel Washington in Die Hard Mode? John Lithgow as a crackling maniac? You bet. And the results fun.
20 December 1999 | by (L.A., USA) – See all my reviews

Remember when John Lithgow used to be menacing? Remember when he was a demented psycho in Blow Out? or the magnificent transvestite in The World According to Garp? What about when he was a demented paranoid in The Twilight Zone - The Movie? And that religious tormented Reverend in Footloose? Even De Palma's Raising Cain was good in Lithgow's gallery of freaks. Yes, John Lithgow used to be dangerous as an actor. And one of those great performances was given in this little seen thriller directed by Russell "Highlander" Mulcahy. Denzel Washington, in a full, maniacal "Die Hard" mode, is Nick Styles, a maverick cop who is framed fro murder after Blake (Lithgow, in electric psycho mode) escapes form prison seeking revenge on Styles, the man that put him on cold seven years ago. The pace is really fast, the situations are extreme and the movie even manages to include some over the top, twisted violence. Sure, it has the very same conventionalisms and clichés of every other action movie (Styles partner dies, et al), but still, Ricochet goes over the average thanks to bravura performances by the two leads and some damn fine action sequences and camerawork.

But now, Russell Mulcahy has stepped into oblivion and John Lithgow has become somber family fodder in mind numbing sitcoms about aliens and rock.


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