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Harry 'Nails' Niles
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Mary Niles
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Pedro Herrera
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Noah Owens
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Jose Acosta
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Bud Taylor
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Capt. Evan Graham
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Jack Willis
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Stambusky
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Ricardo Sanchez (as Luis Ramos)
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Paco Sanchez
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Victor Menandez
Teresa Crespo ...
Elena Hernandez
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Calley
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Harvey Cassler
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Streetwise, tough cop "Nails" Niles and his partner are lured into a deathtrap from which only Niles survives. Obsessed with finding his partner's murderer, Niles burrows deep into the underground of the L. A. crime scene to find the guilty parties at any cost. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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A Good Cop ... With a Few Bad Habits!


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Cop Dennis Hopper's partner has been killed and he's out to get who's responsible
25 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A rousing performance from Dennis Hopper, a lively script, and plenty of well-filmed action on location lift "Nails" well above its drug story clichés. "Nails" is the nickname of the policeman played by Dennis Hopper.

This is a very good crime and action neo-noir. Dennis Hopper is an experienced and tough street detective. He and his partner are targeted for assassination because his partner is on to something big. After his partner is killed, Hopper sets out to find out who is responsible. Meanwhile, he is trying to iron out difficulties in his marriage to Anne Archer. Hopper's character breaks all the rules, eventually being suspended. That doesn't slow him down a bit.

Hopper does a terrific job here in a well-written part, infusing the role with constant liveliness and interest. His energy may have spread to the rest of the cast which also rises above any of the story's clichés. I enjoyed this film a great deal. I especially loved the bluntness in Hopper's responses in every scene. He was very up front. The movie began well with a car chase that was superbly photographed so that you could see the weaving in and out of traffic very clearly. Hopper was called upon to do some physical acting and he made it look very convincing.

There are quite a few good scenes strewn throughout this film, showing that the director, John Flynn, was right on top of things. We are told of him "John Flynn was a very fine, efficient and sadly underrated director who excelled at making mean'n'lean crime pictures. His movies are distinguished by tight plots, a hard, no-nonsense tone, and a taut, streamlined and fiercely economical directorial style." This is accurate for this film. Imagine, Flynn directed "Outfit" (1973) and "Rolling Thunder" (1977). Those are two crime movies that should not be missed.


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