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No Mercy (1986)

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A Chicago detective, seeking to avenge his partner's death, travels to New Orleans, where he unexpectedly becomes involved in a cat and mouse game of survival.


Richard Pearce


James Carabatsos (as Jim Carabatsos)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Eddie Jillette
Kim Basinger ... Michel Duval
Jeroen Krabbé ... Losado
George Dzundza ... Captain Stemkowski
Gary Basaraba ... Joe Collins
William Atherton ... Allan Deveneux
Terry Kinney ... Paul Deveneux
Bruce McGill ... Lt. Hall
Ray Sharkey ... Angles Ryan
Marita Geraghty ... Alice Collins
Aleta Mitchell Aleta Mitchell ... Cara
Fred Gratton Fred Gratton ... Quiet
Dionisio Dionisio ... Pinto
Ray Brown Ray Brown ... Benny Blue
Kim Chan ... Old Asian Man


Maverick Chicago cop Eddie Jillette poses as a hit man to meet with someone in from New Orleans looking to have a job done. The result is that both the guy and Jillette's partner wind up very dead, while a stunning blonde in on the setup disappears. He heads south to settle the score and soon finds himself being hunted, with the girl in tow and the local police anything but happy. New Orleans may never be the same again. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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When passion and hatred know no limits, expect no mercy.


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When a leading lady was on director Richard Pearce and producer D. Constantine Contes' casting agenda, Conte thought that for this role, the film needed a totally modern equivalent of a great 1940s star in her most famous role - namely Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1946), maybe because the character of Michel Duval does a torrid dance at the Blue Parrot Club in No Mercy (1986). Conte said: "And Kim Basinger was the only actress who I felt could generate the kind of excitement that Hayworth did - and who could also meet the other demands of the part. Pearce outlines those demands: "Michel is a wonderful blending of innocence and experience, someone who has never been outside the control of a man, barely able to write her name or make a choice for herself. She is a pure creature of instinct in a world of sexual and emotional violence almost unimaginable to most of us. Kim Basinger has a kind of feral, intuitive intelligence that was just right for Michel". See more »


When Eddie and Michel are escaping from the two Deveneux fishermen, Eddie knocks the door off the car while backing up. When the door comes off, Michel is no longer in the car. In the next shot she is in the passenger seat again. See more »


Eddie Jillette: You're doin' reefer with the brothers or is your old lady on a moon cycle?
Joe Collins: Why do you ask somethin' like that?
Eddie Jillette: Cause once a month without fail you get bullshit philosophical with me.
Joe Collins: Yeah, well, that's what happens when you get married, Eddie.
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A Chicago Detective in Cajun Country
11 November 2018 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film begins with a Chicago detective by the name of "Eddie Jillette" (Richard Gere) receiving a tip from an informant that a wealthy man named "Paul Deveneux" (Terry Kinney) has arrived in the city and is looking to hire a hitman to kill somebody in New Orleans. Since this person has never seen the hitman in question Eddie decides to go undercover and check it out in detail. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned and after his partner "Joe Collins" (Gary Basaraba) and Paul Deveneux are ruthlessly murdered, Eddie decides to go to New Orleans and find the man responsible. Of course, what he doesn't fully understand is that New Orleans is very different than Chicago and the person he is after is much more dangerous than anybody he has ever encountered. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was an exciting crime-drama which suffered from several highly improbable scenes. But that's Hollywood for you. Regardless, I thought that both Kim Basinger (as "Michel Duval") and Richard Gere put on excellent performances and I have rated this movie accordingly. Slightly above average.

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English | French

Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Mercy See more »


Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,198,069, 21 December 1986

Gross USA:


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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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