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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 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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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 {J-26}

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Trust him... he's a cop.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Theatrical and television trailers show several alternate and deleted scenes. Alternate edit of the first scene between Raymond and his IAD boss, deleted dialogue scene where Raymond is told that if he goes after Peck and doesn't get him he's dead in the department and if he does get him "it could be even worse", deleted scene showing Peck calling someone and asking them for information about Raymond, deleted conversation scene between Raymond and Peck who are in some bar drinking and talking about how people want to be bad and how cops want to be bad worst of all while at the same time Peck's hooker/snitch is performing striptease. Alternate parts of the original theatrical ending are also shown; Raymond calling Kathy and telling her to lock the door, Kathy finds Peck in her home holding a gun and he tells her not to say anything, Peck telling her to take his shoe off and Peck shooting Raymond while holding Kathy and Raymond running at him, crashing both of them out the window. Some promotional stills also show these and some other deleted scenes. See more »

Goofs

At about 23:14, Raymond and Amy are sitting in a yellow car watching a woman with a dog walk by. Amy is in the driver's seat (camera angle from passenger seat) holding a paper Pepsi cup with full logo showing. She chews on the straw. Next shot is from driver's side with no time for her to turn the cup, but there are now 2 partial Pepsi logos showing. The cup has obviously turned about a quarter of a turn. Even the straw, in relation to the logos has moved. See more »

Quotes

Amy Wallace: [conferring in private after Raymond offered immunity to Van Stretch] You are not authorized to make this deal. It's a violation even to *offer* it!
Raymond Avila: Look at him. He wants to talk. If Peck were clean, there'd be nothing to talk about.
Amy Wallace: I am the senior partner. *Your* mistakes go on *my* file! Either you retract the offer to Van or *I will*!
[Raymond shakes his head]
Amy Wallace: All right. How about this then? Why don't you and Dennis Peck both *pull them out* and I'll decide which one's bigger!
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Figgis blurs the lines between good and bad in this dark thriller
4 February 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Dennis Peck is a street cop who seems happy to stay at that level, and yet he spends significantly more money than he makes on his cops' pay. When IA officers investigate Peck's partner Van Stretch for planting drugs on a suspect and using unnecessary force, they decide to look into Peck more. However Peck knows how to exploit weakness in those around him and begins to clear up the loose links around him while pushing all Raymond Avila's buttons.

This was Figgis' first American film and he made an excellent start. The dark plot is pretty simple in terms of beginning, middle, start. What makes it so much more than that is the characters are so well drawn. Peck and Avila both become like each other the more we know about them, their methods, their thoughts and their weaknesses are all similar. It makes it harder to fit everyone into the mould of good guys and bad guys and keeps everything more interesting. The various twists don't always make sense but the film is forceful enough to keep everything moving.

Gere is on best form here, playing a character against type he is the embodiment of corruption, deceit and murder. Garcia is also excellent as Raymond, who blends his actions well from good into bad. Metcalfe is excellent as Garcia's partner who may or may not be motivated by the hatred of Gere's macho personae. It's also good to see Baldwin, Travis and Xander Berkley have good roles.

Overall this is a dark thriller that blends characters into one mess of corruption in the police. It is an excellent film with great characters.


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Language:

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Release Date:

12 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,043,516, 14 January 1990

Gross USA:

$27,734,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,734,391
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1.85 : 1
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