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Gang Related (1997)

After murdering an undercover DEA agent, two corrupt cops scramble to cover up what they've done.

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Det. Frank Divinci (as James Belushi)
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Richard Simms
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Manny Landrew
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Richard Stein
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Lionel Hudd
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Hooper
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Vic
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Two corrupt cops murder an undercover DEA agent by mistake, and frantically try to cover their tracks by framing a homeless man for the crime. That involves juggling evidence, coaching witnesses, and improvising to keep their desperate scheme from unraveling. Written by <rozebud@compuserve.com>

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Some cops play by the rules. Their own. See more »


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Rated R for strong language, some violence and a scene with nudity | See all certifications »

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8 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Criminal Intent  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,286,065, 12 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,790,448, 9 November 1997
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The word "fuck" and its derivatives are said more than 165 times. See more »

Goofs

In the overhead shot where they pick-up the third "suspect", the shadow of the boom mic is visible in the lower left-hand corner. See more »

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[last lines]
Divinci: [in the getaway car, the driver of which we cannot yet see] Here's the most important thing: You can NEVER lose your sense of humor. Without that, you've got NOTHING.
[the driver pulls a familiar-looking Magnum and blows Divinci's head through the back window]
Clyde David Dunner: [the driver] ... FUCKING A!
[laughs into the closing credits]
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Dedicated to Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) See more »


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Staring at the world thru my rearview
Written by Tupac Shakur, E.D.I., Kadafee
Performed by 2Pac, E.D.I. and Kadafee
Artists Courtesy of The "Untouchable" Death Row Records
Contains a sample from "In the air tonight" as recorded by Phil Collins
Produced under license from Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Emphasis on plot over realism......
17 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

I didn't have very high expectations for this one (partly because I am not terribly keen on James Belushi) but actually, the film was pretty good.

The important thing is to understand the film as a thriller, rather than as a realistic or atmospheric piece. The subject matter and designated environment would point to noir, but the film fails to capture a sense of place or encapsulate an environment and way of life in a way that would justify such a designation. The environment is not actually unrealistic, but again it is not really captured either. Instead, the grit and indeed realism, tends to throw off the viewer, causing him to anticipate a different type of film. "Gang Related" is about plot, and there are a satisfactory number of twists and turns for the viewer. One could easily imagine a movie like this being adapted to the stage.

The acting is generally of a very high standard with strong performances by Shakur and Belushi. The weakness of this film is rather in the fact that the film fails to create or capture a set of especially nuanced characters, and similarly fails to create a strong sense of place. A different director and different cinematography could have done this without substantial alteration. The dramatic twists and turns in the plot also could be considered a weakness, but this would be due to a misunderstanding of the type of story being told, rather than because that story is in itself a bad one.


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