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Internal Affairs (1990)

An Internal Affairs agent becomes obsessed with bringing down a cop who has managed to maintain a spotless reputation despite being involved in a web of corruption.

Director:

Mike Figgis

Writer:

Henry Bean
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Dennis Peck
Andy Garcia ... Raymond Avilla
Nancy Travis ... Kathleen Avilla
Laurie Metcalf ... Amy Wallace
Richard Bradford ... Grieb
William Baldwin ... Van Stretch
Michael Beach ... Dorian Fletcher
Katherine Borowitz ... Tova Arrocas
Faye Grant ... Penny
John Kapelos ... Steven Arrocas
Xander Berkeley ... Rudy Mohr
John Capodice ... Chief Healy
Victoria Dillard ... Kee
Pamella D'Pella ... Cheryl
Susan Forristal Susan Forristal ... Lolly
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Storyline

Keen young Raymond Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck is involved in any number of dubious or downright criminal activities. He is also devious, a womaniser, and a clever manipulator, and he starts to turn his attention on Avila. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

Trust him... he's a cop.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Internal Affairs - Trau' ihm, er ist ein Cop See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$27,734,391
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Richard Gere was also considered to play Martin Riggs in Lethal weapon, before Mel Gibson got the part but Gere turned it down. See lethal weapon 1987 trivia. Also we know that Gibson was considered for Gere's role as Dennis Peck in this film. Both movies dealt with cops in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

The first time Avila is following Peck, Peck is in his Corvette convertible with the hardtop on. After driving for several miles, the top is gone. Corvette hardtops do not fold down and there is no room to carry them on the car unless they are in place. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Peck: [Peck and Avila are discussing Avila's wife, Kathleen] She's very pretty too. A little skinny for my taste, but they say the skinny ones give good head so...
[Raymond knocks him to the ground]
Dennis Peck: OK, here's what's going to happen. I'm gonna fuck her for a while and teach her how to come.
Raymond Avila: Get up!
Dennis Peck: Then that way, she can show you what she likes!
[Raymond decks Dennis again]
Dennis Peck: They said you're a pretty good boxer, Raymond. You're pretty fucking good.
[coughing blood]
Dennis Peck: Not bad!
Raymond Avila: [throws a handkerchief at Peck] ...
[...]
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

INTERNAL AFFAIRS END CREDITS
Written by Mike Figgis, Anthony Marinelli & Brian Banks
Performed by Jorge Strunz & Darlene Koldenhoven
Produced by Anthony Marinelli
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A cop 'outside'. I.A.D. on the case.
20 January 2007 | by Benjamin WolfeSee all my reviews

This is sort of a slow starter, but once moving it goes quite nicely. Wouldn't matter anyway, I'm not really that impatient when it comes to a story I want to see.

Figgis, directs this internal-power struggle police story, with a candid view. Mike does a good job of building suspense, then,"BOOM!" It explodes in your face. This was also, between the actors, Garcia,(Raymond Avilla) and Gear's Officer Dennis Peck, an odd but interesting match-up. I think that the perfect cat and mouse game was this stories 'pearl'. These two shined along with others that rounded out the casting. There was a certain hatred between both characters that was just right, for the story-liner. It shows, in the story cops relating to spouses and family in stress produced situations as well as the other civil servants that we don't see on a public basis.

I thought that the way, this was set and brought to a scorching climax was well met by those that saw the movie. I think that Figgis set out and accomplished what he was looking for here. (***) Well Done.


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