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Gang in Blue (1996)

Black police officer discovers a cell of white supremacist vigilantes within his department.
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Michael Rhoades
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Anita Boyard
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Clute Mirkovich
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Andre Speier
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Gus Mochizuki
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Ty Lewis
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Michael Tough ...
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Gang In Blue is based on the real life investigations of several US police forces for racism and corruption. This production focuses on one of these police forces where Michael Rhoades is a new recruit who discovers much to his horror, a band of little Hitlers known as the 'Phantoms'. They let Rhoades know almost straight away that he is not wanted there and when he discovers corruption is rife he finds he is the target of a vicious campaign to set him up. Written by Scott Dawson <sdawson@easynet.co.uk>

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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »
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8 September 1996 (USA)  »

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Andre Speier: Looks like We"re dealing with "A Gang In Blue"
Michael Rhoades: [Quoting from a poem/lyric] "Whatcha Gonna Do? When The Gang's In Blue?"
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Gang In Blue....
13 April 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was on True Movies and Radio Times online gave it a healthy 3 stars, so thought I'd check it out.

For a start, it looks and feels like a proper film, not a TV movie, well made and with an obvious budget. Written and directed by the black father and son, Mario and Melvin Van Peebles, its thrust is around uncovering racism within the police that affects not just black officers but also members of the public.

The ever dependable JT Walsh plays the lieutenant who heads a secret brotherhood, known as the Phantoms, that also includes the recognisable Stephen Lang. The FBI sends in black cop Michael Rhoades (Melvin Van Peebles) to investigate under cover and who finds the Phantoms at work both in their patrol work but also, more and more, being directed towards him.

Aside of this there are gritty police patrols and arrests and a realistically written script. The movie had a cert 18 warning, which means there's quite a lot of violence and swearing.

All in all, a decent enough cop thriller/drama that, whilst not covering new ground, does what it does do, pretty well.


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