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?
According to many reports from people who were members of audience during first test screening of the movie, it was originally much more violent, and it's also been reported that the final version is heavily cut. Also, according to a foreign interview director Russell Mulcahy gave, a scene where Styles is physically abused by Blake until he pukes out and Blake then gets sponge to clean him up was one of the scenes that were cut out after test audience reacted very negatively to watching a white man torture a black man. Some trailers do show shots of scenes which are not in the movie. See more
When Styles is playing basketball against Odessa near the beginning of the movie, you can clearly see the face of a stunt double with much darker skin, who is driving and slam-dunking the basketball rather than Denzel Washington. See more
You killed Farris, didn't you?
Earl Talbot Blake
You killed my life.
So, now we're even, is that it?
Earl Talbot Blake
We're not even close.
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