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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry 'Nails' Niles
Mary Niles
Pedro Herrera
Noah Owens
Jose Acosta
Bud Taylor
Capt. Evan Graham
Jack Willis
Ricardo Sanchez (as Luis Ramos)
Paco Sanchez
Victor Menandez
Teresa Crespo ...
Elena Hernandez
Harvey Cassler


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

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


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25 July 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Cop sieht rot  »

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In like Flynn again, with a Hopper nailing performance
3 April 2017 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

Nails is one of those good b film's, you pass in the video shop, and not give it a fair hearing. At the advice of my half brother, I decided to rent this very good actioner, made by a director, whose films I really like, Rolling Thunder being a favorite of mine. In this wild cop tale, kick arse cop, Hopper, who like Devane, or more so Seagal, is on a trail of hot revenge. In a double hit, half gone right, thanks to Hopper's survival, where him and his late partner (Earl Billings- One False Move) are set up, a maddened Hopper vows revenge, against his slain partner, and it's his character which is beautifully and excitingly delivered, that makes this film fun. By the way he acts, it's hard to believe that he actually is a cop. Harry Niles, (Hopper) is a loose cannon, but you love em' none the less. His older veteran partner/best friend (Milan) is a Mexican food lover, like me, where I got hungry watching him eat all the type. Some actors who show up in the film, you aren't surprised to see, or to see why they were cast. Political ties are brought into the story too, bigger bad asses, higher up. Though Cliff De Young, a corrupt campaigner, didn't really do anything for me here, his idol, Keith David an ex con who's now being elected mayor was much more effective, his nasty angrily smiling, sitting profile, a haunting shot etched in my mind. where especially, in a film like this, you wouldn't expect an open ending, where there's a lot more unfinished business between Hopper and him. Hopper's wife's (Archer) life is made very difficult, as unfortunately she works (you guessed it?) for De Young and cronies. With a cool upbeat soundtrack in the end credits, Nail's is not a badly formulated movie, although it's not without faults. It's kind of smart in bits too, the ambush in the opening, for starters, but congrats really go to Hopper, for forming just a exciting, entertaining, laughable and likable character, not the first movie, where he's acted like a kid, the revenge potboiler Boiling Point, was another one that sprung to mind. His partner, Milan is another asset. Watch for a younger John Hawkes, in a small but memorably great role, as antique thief, where Hopper busts up the joint, declaring, how he loves animals to people. It'd be great in reality, if they're were more Harry Nile's in the world. Things would get done more properly.

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