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Q & A (1990)

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A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike Brennan
... Al Reilly
... Bobby Texador
... Kevin Quinn
... Leo Bloomenfeld
... Luis Valentin (as Luis Guzman)
... Sam Chapman (as Charles Dutton)
... Nancy Bosch
... Roger Montalvo
International Chrysis ... Jose Malpica
... Larry Pesch (as Dominick Chianese)
... Nick Petrone
... Preston Pearlstein
Gustavo Brens ... Alfonse Segal
Martin E. Brens ... Armand Segal
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A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty crime film. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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When the questions are dangerous, the answers can be deadly.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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27 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tödliche Fragen  »

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$11,207,891
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Jenny Lumet (Nancy Bosch) is the daughter of the director Sidney Lumet. See more »

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Chief Quinn asks ADA Reilly why he did not attend St. John's Law School. Hutton says his father didn't like the Jesuits. St. John's University is not a Jesuit institution. It is conducted by the Vincentians. See more »

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Captain Lt. Michael 'Mike' Brennan, NYPD: [Brennan is telling other cops about an arrest] l don't know what this guy's on, but he just sits there with a shit-eating grin on his face! So, fuck it. l figure l've got to straighten him out a little bit. So l say, ''You've got a right to remain silent as long as you can stand the pain.'' There's nothing. Not a fucking dent. Not a fucking dent! l decide to fingerprint him in the back room, He pulls away from me, He's a big motherfucker, He's 6'-3" or 6'-4", He starts yelling, ''You fucking ...
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Don't Double-Cross the Ones You Love
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"Hey, Sidney!"
7 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Yeah, what?" - "Who are we getting to chew up the scenery as Mike Brennan?" - "You kiddin' me? You specialising in bustin' my b**ls? Send for Nick Nolte!" - "Nick (choke) Nolte? Are you talking to me? I've just been on the phone to the mayor and the D.A. is crawlin' up my ass. You're a dinosaur, Lumet. Your ideas don't fit today. I want your director's guild ID on this desk now. People have a nasty habit of gettin' DEAD around you!"

This is one of Lumet's three hour and always worthy examinations of police corruption and compromised idealism. This is similiar to his 'Prince of the city' although it's not let down by an actor like Treat Williams who was not up to the job. Q&A suffers from some over-ripe, stagey and over played performances that are allowed to run on longer than the scene's necessity. It also has such ugliness and perversion that you wonder whether the film really needed to be made as we have been down this road before. Hutton has the best scene whereby his heart is broken by a loyal old mentor who always warned him that it was inevitable.

The main problem I have with this film is the susposed racism of the Reilly character. I'm not sure about the point of the subplot and why would a man who has a coloured girlfriend be shocked that her father is black? Surely it was on the cards.


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