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
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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 »
[Raymond has caught Dennis in his home]
Get off my bed!
[about shooting Amy Wallace]
Sorry about the dyke, Raymond. Cute little ass.
[Raymond decks him]
You're so fucking easy, Raymond. Like a big baby with buttons all over. I push the buttons.
[draws a knife]
I'm going to miss my children. Gonna miss them.
Put the knife down!
[Dennis doesn't, so Raymond shoots him]
You think he was aiming for my leg?
That's pretty good. You're pretty good there, Raymond.
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The subject here (police corruption) is banal, but it gains extra value and weight by Figgis' atmospheric direction and, especially, by Richard Gere's powerful performance in perhaps his most atypical role (and as far as I know, his only truly villainous one). After watching him in this film, I don't know how some people can still doubt that he's a talented actor as well an attractive star. The rest of the cast is also good. The finale, however, is somewhat disappointing. (**1/2)
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