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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.

Director:

Richard Pearce

Writer:

James Carabatsos (as Jim Carabatsos)
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Cast

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 ... Lieutenant 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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 December 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gnadenlos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,198,069, 21 December 1986

Gross USA:

$12,303,904
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Star Richard Gere and director Richard Pearce went to work with screenwriter James Carabatsos on the creation of a shooting script, with Gere making suggestions about both his character Eddie Jillette and the general tone of the piece. Perace said: "Richard Gere was continually at work from the moment he decided to do the movie. He has a passionate respect for every part of the filmmaking process and participates in as much of it as he can as an equal partner, not as a star. He's as hardworking an actor as any I know". See more »

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When Eddie and Michel are taking a shower in the shack, there's big smudge of dirt on Michel's face whenever the camera is close to her face. When the camera cuts wider to show Eddie as well, suddenly the smudge disappears. Then it reappears again. See more »

Quotes

Losado: [Approaching Joe] It's over.
Joe Collins: What's over?
Losado: Life, my friend.
[He pulls out a knife and moves toward Joe]
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Background Better Than Story
4 May 2005 | by skallisjrSee all my reviews

On the surface, this film, which I like, is like dozens of other revenge-the-death-of-a-cop-partner stories. But the saving grace of the movie is the characters, and some of the dialogue.

Spoilers in the following

Eddie Jilette is a tough cop. A tough Chicago cop. But what distinguishes the film that his Captain is tougher and nastier. In a later scene in the film, the captain and Eddie are in an airport where, in the Men's washroom, after making sure that they're alone, the captain gives Eddie a weapon to kill the villain, and expects him to use it. In most such films, a tough cop usually has a captain who's either a politician or a wimp. How refreshing!

The film also has a nice touch. Eddie rents all the rooms of a hotel in Algiers. The only inhabitants were the clerk and a cat. Eddie tells the clerk to beat it, because he's expecting a showdown battle there. Shortly before the battle commences, we see the cat leave the building.

One I've watched several times and one that's in my library.


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