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)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 Noel McKoy, Alan Rapaport and Crispin Taylor
Performed by Noel McKoy (as McKoy)
Courtesy of Righttrack Records/Gut Reaction Ltd.
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Frank Langella and Ellen Barkin recruit Lawrence Fishburne into their dirty dealing company
6 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Bad Company" (1995) is a full-fledged neo-noir filled with corrupt but well-dressed, polite and well-groomed characters who are very cynical. There's Michael Murphy as a CIA agent who has a scheme to take over a company headed by Frank Langella that recruits ex-CIA agents and amoral types to do big-paying dirty jobs like blackmailing and corrupting judges. The target in this story is David Ogden Stiers. His girl friend is Gia Carides. Langella's right-hand woman is Ellen Barkin, a femme fatale from the old school who has her eyes set on displacing Langella. They recruit Lawrence Fishburne who has his own agenda. Working for them is the gay Michael Beach, who continues to deliver impressive performances. Here he's a man who knows how to cause pain and he uses this against a lower-level sleaze bag and gay guy played by Daniel Hugh Kelly.

It's a plus that the story takes its time to develop the intrigues among these characters logically, while savoring each scene to show us the details revolving around a big payoff to the judge (Stiers). The delight here is in the unfolding of their machinations, how they pressure one another, switch sides, double-deal and adapt to the changing landscape of their own making. We wonder which, if any, scumbag will come out on top. We search for whom, if anyone, to root for among a group remarkably lacking in scruples. We wonder what surprise move is next to appear and how this story will resolve. Getting there is most of the fun as we delve into a world of crime in rich surroundings peopled by urbane characters who might just kill each other or you.

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