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The Mighty Quinn (1989)

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When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier.

Director:

Carl Schenkel

Writers:

Albert Z. Carr (novel) (as A.H.Z. Carr), Hampton Fancher (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Xavier Quinn
James Fox ... Thomas Elgin
Mimi Rogers ... Hadley Elgin
M. Emmet Walsh ... Fred Miller
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Lola Quinn
Art Evans ... Jump Jones
Esther Rolle ... Ubu Pearl
Norman Beaton Norman Beaton ... Governor Chalk
Alex Colon ... Jose Patina
Robert Townsend ... Maubee
Tyra Ferrell ... Isola
Carl Bradshaw Carl Bradshaw ... Cocodick
Maria McDonald Maria McDonald ... Jax
Fitz Weir Fitz Weir ... Athens
Baldwin Howe Baldwin Howe ... Bim
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Storyline

When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier.

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THE CHIEF OF POLICE AND THE CHIEF SUSPECT. They know each other too well to let a little thing like murder get in their way.


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Finding Maubee See more »

Filming Locations:

Port Antonio, Jamaica See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,557,214

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,239,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

$10,000 bills were removed from circulation by the U.S. Treasury Department, as of 1969. They are still legal tender, but because of their extreme rarity, their collector value far exceeds their face value. See more »

Goofs

When Quinn is in the bar playing the piano his Jamaican disappears and he sings with his non accent voice. See more »

Quotes

Xavier: You think Maubee did it? Cut a man's head off?
Jump: That fucker, he does that! That's why he's like that!
Xavier: Try and make sense when you talk, Jump.
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Alternate Versions

An interracial love scene between Denzel Washington and Mimi Rogers was rumored to have been cut out of the film when it was learned both black and white test audiences didn't like it. See more »


Soundtracks

MARY JANE
Written by John Engerman, Joseph Engerman, Funk Gumbs, Jerry Meyers and Wilfredo Michael
Performed by Seventeen Plus
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Interesting Look into Carribbean Culture
29 January 2005 | by photoeSee all my reviews

I read a previous comment calling this movie boring, so I had to respond. While this movie is far from perfect, it is a great afro-centric murder mystery set on a Caribbean island. It shares aspects with Marlon Brando's Burn in that the locals fall victims to the whims and greed of white colonial, in this case, American exploits. This film was made in 1989, during a black cultural rebirth that included Spike Lee films and the political rap band Public Enemy. This film fits into that category and is unapologetic in its portrayals. If you can't handle the reality of colonialism and intervention then you cant handle this film. Its not much wonder this film isn't seen often, just like Brando's Burn, and Ben Gazarra's high Velocity, two other films that plumb honestly colonial politics and tragedy, long past and recent.


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