A bright assistant D.A. investigates a gruesome hatchet murder and hides a clue he found at the crime scene. Under professional threats and an attempt on his life, he goes on heartbroken because evidence point to the woman he still loves.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rampage (1987)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Liberal district attorney decides to seek the death penalty for a man who slaughtered a family at Christmastime, then drank their blood. He escapes, though, and starts killing again.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Michael Biehn, Alex McArthur, Nicholas Campbell
The Guardian (1990)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Phil and Kate have a baby boy named Jake. They hire a baby-sitter, Camilla, to look after Jake and she becomes part of the family. The Sheridan's friend and neighbor, Ned, takes a liking to... See full summary »

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Jenny Seagrove, Dwier Brown, Carey Lowell
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a long spate of bad luck, the little criminal Tony and his gang successfully rob one of Brink's security transports, taking $30,000. Surprisingly their coup doesn't make the press. ... See full summary »

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Peter Falk, Peter Boyle, Allen Garfield
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow
Cruising (1980)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen
Unforgettable (1996)
Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Unsuccessfully framed for his wife's murder, Dr. David Krane attempts to find the real culprit by utilizing a new drug that allows him to experience the memories of other people first-hand.... See full summary »

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Ray Liotta, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Coyote
Sorcerer (1977)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Four unfortunate men from different parts of the globe agree to risk their lives transporting gallons of nitroglycerin across dangerous South American jungle.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Roy Scheider, Bruno Cremer, Francisco Rabal
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A devious sexpot steals her husband's drug money and hides out in a small town where she meets the perfect dupe for her next scheme.

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman
The Hunted (2003)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An FBI deep-woods tracker captures a trained assassin who has made a sport of hunting humans.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Benicio Del Toro, Connie Nielsen
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

A small time arms dealer in South America to sell weapons to the revolutionaries, winds up negotiating the sale of an experimental plane to the nation's dictator.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Chevy Chase, Sigourney Weaver, Gregory Hines
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The down-at-heel lodger in a seaside boarding house is menaced by two mysterious strangers, who eventually take him away.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Robert Shaw, Patrick Magee, Dandy Nichols
Blue Chips (1994)
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Matt Gavin
...
...
...
Karen Heller
Ken King ...
Petey Vasko
...
Bill Barrett
...
Pat Callendar
...
Patrice Jacinto
...
D.A. Arnold Clifford
...
Mr. Green
Jay Jacobus ...
Justin Henderson
Victoria Smith ...
Sandy
...
Executive
Edit

Storyline

Someone does a nasty hatchet job on a San Fransisco big noise and the Assistant D.A. takes charge of the investigation. Through a web of blackmail and prostitution involving the Governor, an old lover of the lawman emerges as a prime suspect and he has to deal with his personal feelings as well as the case. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Some fantasies go too far. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for grisly afterviews of murder victims, violence, language and strong scenes of aberrant sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Žad  »

Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$9,795,017 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

David Caruso and Richard Crenna also appeared together in First Blood. See more »

Goofs

When Trina/Jade puts on her high heel in the hotel room, she puts on a standard high heel. For the rest of the scene, starting immediately with her "torture" of her client, she's shown wearing the high heels with ankle straps from a previous scene. See more »

Quotes

Bob Hargrove: I think she did it.
David Corelli: Why?
Bob Hargrove: She's got no alibi and we've got her prints on the hatchet.
David Corelli: And she lied to us.
Petey Vesko: Typical shrink behaviour. They like to pull your strings.
Bob Hargrove: [to Corelli] She was pulling your strings pretty good.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Bogus Witch Project (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Last To Know
By Pat Metheny
Performed by Wallace Roney
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Unintentionally good, in a sad, quasi repulsive, quasi idiotic way
20 December 2009 | by (Martinique) – See all my reviews

This is a Basic Instict rehash plain and simple, actually it's a pre draft of basic instict. The directing is a mess, I can't believe this guy shot the french connection. But now he's old and where he tries to be different here, he is instead just plainly bad...Tight close ups for no reasons, boring set scenes, saturated photography...the cast is decent but with such a trite script...the dialog is worse than trivial.

Its only saving grace is an unintended one, and maybe with that meditation in mind this can actually become a good film: Because the grotesqueness, blandness and stupidity in the realisation and script of this film reflects the world of powerless unsexual morons acting all powerful and sexual. Obviously this is unintended as this tries to be edgy, erotic and smart. It tries to be a murder mystery, a who done it on coke a la BI, but it ends up being a who gives a ..., I 've never been so emotionally detached at the end of any mystery.

But in this way it poetically conveys within it's form the artificiality of power and sex, the dead end that is pleasure without sentiments and sensibility.

A bland, derivative, tasteless film about power, sex and wealth, that fails so miserably that its failure becomes a medium of expression and gives the film an unintended second narrative level. It's also starkly realist, because what can be more real than a failed Hollywood flop on sex, money and power. You don't see people doing realistic actions, but you see people acting, directing badly, writing scripts badly. The epitome of decadence.

It could even be quite a good sobering experience, even weirdly lyrical if one watches it with that in mind.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
One of the best car chases in cinema history? xlations99
Unrated Version thelordtantalus
Are there really women like Jade? ILoveHamburgers
Did anyone really liked it? artemiss_84
Why does Trina cry? rasberyblu
Angie Everhart ladyorthetygr
Discuss Jade (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?