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Bad Company (1995)

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Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Wells
Nelson Crowe
Vic Grimes
Tod Stapp
Julie Ames
Judge Beach
Les Goodwin
Walter Curl
Bobby Birdsong
Tegan West ...
John Cartwain
Michelle Beaudoin ...
Sherry Bie ...
Mrs. Beach
Alan Robertson ...


Nelson Crowe is a CIA operative under the thumb of the Company for a disputed delivery of $50,000 in gold. They blackmail him into working for the Grimes Organization, which is set up as a private company for hire, to blackmail prominent individuals. Crowe, working with Margaret Wells (another former Covert Operations operative), blackmails and bribes a State Supreme Court judge, but the deal sours. One of Crowe's co-workers, Tod Stapp, discovers Crowe's current CIA involvement in a plot to overthrow Grimes, and blackmails him to be cut in on the deal. More blackmail occurs as Wells manipulates Crowe to kill Grimes, then the CIA uses that discovery to blackmail Wells into killing Crowe. Who can you trust??? Written by Tad Dibbern <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Bribery. Blackmail. Murder. Specialities of the house.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some graphic shootings, strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

20 January 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duo mortel  »

Box Office


$3,700,000 (USA)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Laurence Fishburne shot his scenes on weekdays as he was also concurrently working on Higher Learning (1995) at the time. See more »


Margaret Wells: And here we are, just the three of us, about to suborn a supreme court justice into voting against crippled kids.
Vic Grimes: Does that give you pause, Mr. Crowe?
Nelson Crowe: Sure.
Vic Grimes: But?
Nelson Crowe: No "buts." The two of you wanted to know if it gives me pause; I said yes. It's a felony. If I get caught, I go to jail. That gives me pause, alright? If it didn't, you wouldn't have me working for you.
Vic Grimes: What about the deformed tots?
Nelson Crowe: I suppose I think of them as often as they think of me.
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Written by Nicholas Hallam and Richard Birch
Performed by The Stereo MCs (as Stereo MC's)
Courtesy of Gee Street/Island Records Ltd.
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An intricate and fascinating thriller
21 February 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

If you want your films to have sympathetic characters, you probably shouldn't go near this one. This is a very tough and cynical thriller, one that has no good guys, only a whole lotta bad guys and a couple of not quite as bad guys. But that's what I enjoyed about this film. It was great to see the plot unfold in unexpected ways, and to see these characters mess with one another, motivated only by greed, lust, and fear. Another aspect is the film's sleek and cold style. From the wardrobes to the apartments these characters occupy, the film is pretty stylin'. And the acting is very good. Laurence Fishburne is excellent as the amoral Crowe, Frank Langella is elegantly nasty as Grimes, and Michael Beach has a deceptively quiet role as one of Fishburne's "co-workers". A very dark film that resolves itself quite nicely in the end, and well worth seeing. But if you need a good guy to root for, this isn't the film to check out.

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