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Gang Related (1997)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  8 October 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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The Best Place To Hide Is Behind A Badge 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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£41,883 (UK) (14 August 1998)

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£95,133 (UK) (21 August 1998)
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The film originally started out as a MPCA (Motion Picture Corporation of Amrica) production, but MPCA were briefly taken over by the newly re-established Orion Pictures and all of the MPCA's line-up were released as "Orion" pictures. See more »

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Before Frank pulls up to Manny's for the first time, you can see a blue sandbag on the curb, marking the spot where Jim Belushi is to stop the car at the proper spot so as to be within the camera frame. 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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Features Sally Jessy Raphael (1985) See more »

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Can't Fix It
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Performed by Jackers
Artist Courtesy of Buzztone Records
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Emphasis on plot over realism......
17 March 2007 | by (Nebraska, United States) – 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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