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Revenge (1990)

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The retired US Navy pilot comes to Mexico, where he falls in love with the wife of a powerful businessman. The consequences will be cruel and unforeseen.

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Tony Scott

Writers:

Jim Harrison (novel), Jim Harrison (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... Cochran
Anthony Quinn ... Tibey
Madeleine Stowe ... Miryea
Tomas Milian ... Cesar
Joaquín Martínez ... Mauro
James Gammon ... Texan
Jesse Corti ... Madero
Sally Kirkland ... Rock Star
Luis de Icaza Luis de Icaza ... Ramon
Gerardo Zepeda ... Elefante
Miguel Ferrer ... Amador
John Leguizamo ... Ignacio
Joe Santos ... Ibarra
Christofer de Oni Christofer de Oni ... Diaz
Daniel Rojo Daniel Rojo ... Vaquero
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Storyline

Michael "Jay" Cochran has just left the Navy after 12 years. He's not quite sure what he's going to do, except that he knows he wants a holiday. He decides to visit Tiburon Mendez, a powerful but shady Mexican businessman who he once flew to Alaska for a hunting trip. Arriving at the Mendez mansion in Mexico, he is immediately surprised by the beauty and youth of Mendez' wife Miryea. Their attraction to each other is undeniable, but Cochran is aware that Mendez is a powerful, vindictive, and very possessive man who does not tolerate betrayal. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Taglines:

There's only one passion more uncontrollable than love. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

16 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eine gefährliche Affäre See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,086,672, 19 February 1990, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,650,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally developed by New World Pictures, but the decision to hire Kevin Costner and Tony Scott drove the budget more than the small independent production company could afford. Columbia then stepped in and agreed to fund the lion's share of the budget. See more »

Goofs

After Jay and Miryea are through walking on the beach, Jay offers to make some lemonade. As he fumbles around nervously at his beach house, he ends up attempting to make lemonade with what appears to be a bag of limes, instead of lemons. However, in Mexico yellow lemons are very rare. "Limones" are green and used to make "limonada". See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Michael J. 'Jay' Cochran: I love you.
[pause]
Michael J. 'Jay' Cochran: She wants to go outside.
Miryea: I love you.
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Alternate Versions

The version included on the 2007 DVD and Blu-Ray releases is director Tony Scott's shorter cut, running 104 minutes. The original 124-minute version is producer Ray Stark's cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Hace Un Año
Written by Felipe Valdés Leal (as F. Valdes Leal)
Performed by Los Tres Ases
Courtesy of Bertelsmann Music Group
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Serve That Dish Cold, Kev
23 July 2004 | by flickershowsSee all my reviews

Tony Scott loves his so-called good guys to be amoral anti-heroes. The more ruthless they are, the better (after they've taken a pounding from the bad guy first, natch). And whenever possible, he likes Mexico to be in the mix. With that set-up, I could be describing 'Man On Fire', 'True Romance', or 1990's 'Revenge'. Since he unofficially remade 'Revenge' as 'Man On Fire' earlier this year, I should just call up that review and replace Denzel Washington's name with Kevin Costner's. Even though I'm seeing them out of order, the 14-year-old flick is better. Scott even shows more grown-up sensibilities than he usually does and directs his actors through believable love scenes. I don't think he's been so unabashedly romantic since this period in the early '90s.

Costner plays Jay Cochran, a cocky Navy pilot (shades of Maverick from 'Top Gun') who vacations in Mexico after retiring from the jet-set life. Playing host to the flier is a ruthless tycoon, Tibby Mendez (Anthony Quinn). The two men are old friends, despite the generation gap and the fact they have nothing in common. But just when you think Costner is going to have some fun, he has to go and fall in lust with Tibby's wife, Mireya (the heavenly Madeleine Stowe). [What beautiful kids those two actors would make.] They don't vault into bed immediately, but neither of them lets a little thing like loyalty to Tibby get in the way of their passion. When the husband finds out, Jay is severely beaten and Mireya is scarred & banished to a whorehouse.

You thought revenge would be Quinn's for his cuckolding? No, vengeance is Costner's. He spends most of the second hour of this bloody picture busting up anybody who might know what happened to his lover. 'Revenge' equals serious violence, no doubt about it. It's rare that the usually heroic Costner is given the chance to ride the gruesome line between good & evil. He's probably justified, but he DID betray his friend by bedding the man's wife. You don't do that in Mexico without waking up in the afterlife, so you might say Cochran got off easy. The tender climax is a bit of surprise from the the slick Scott, giving his otherwise angry film a heart. The movie might not be much fun, but the actors are pretty good and the story is always watchable. And violent.


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