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Gang Related (1997)

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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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Det. Frank Divinci (as James Belushi)
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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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With cops like these, you don't need gangsters. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

8 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Criminal Intent  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,286,065 (USA) (10 October 1997)


$5,790,448 (USA) (7 November 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The police station location was the same one used in the Steven Seagal thriller The Glimmer Man (1996). See more »


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 »


[Baylor is questioning Cynthia Webb in court]
Helen Eden: Objection! Mr. Baylor is purposely trying to confuse the witness.
Arthur Baylor: I am NOT trying to confuse the witness; the WITNESS has been trying to confuse THIS COURT!
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Crazy Credits

Dedicated to Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) See more »


Lost Souls
Written by Tupac Shakur, Noble and E.D.I., D. Frank & M. Murphy
Performed by 2Pac featuring Noble and E.D.I.
Artists courtesy of The "Untouchable" Death Row Records
Contains an interpolation of "Don't disturb this groove"
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A gritty crime thriller.
28 September 1998 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Gang Related had a great premise, which was enough to get me to want to see it. James Belushi (K-9, Race the Sun) and the late Tupac Shakur (Gridlocked, Poetic Justice) play two corrupt cops. They sell stolen drugs, kill the guy they sold it to, take the drugs & money, and label the crime as gang related. This has worked for the first ten times, but the 11th doesn't. The 11th guy they killed, turned out to be an undercover cop. So the two are put in charge of finding the killer. So knowing that they themselves killed him and could be in huge trouble, they begin to look for possible candidates to take the fall. Eventually they decide on a homeless man, wonderfully played by an unrecognizable Dennis Quaid (Switchback, Dragonheart). They then get Belushi's girlfriend and stripper, Lela Rochon (Waiting to Exhale, The Chamber) to testify against him. Soon though things don't work out as Rochon starts to lose confidence and more evidence comes out about the mysterious homeless man. Belushi and Shakur start to lose their trust and confidence with each other. This is a well-written film with some great dialogue and an awesome ending. James Belushi is great as the mastermind behind the plot and the one who won't give up. Tupac Shakur is just as good (in his final role) as the partner who has at least some sort of a conscience. Rochon is good. Fine support work is turned in by James Earl Jones and David Paymer as Quaid's lawyers. I highly recommend this movie. Rated R: (violence, language, nudity)

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