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Homicide (1991)

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A Jewish homicide detective investigates a seemingly minor murder and falls in with a Zionist group as a result.


David Mamet


David Mamet
3 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Mantegna ... Bobby Gold
William H. Macy ... Tim Sullivan
Vincent Guastaferro ... Lt. Senna
J.J. Johnston ... Jilly Curran
Jack Wallace ... Frank
Lionel Mark Smith Lionel Mark Smith ... Charlie Olcott
Roberta Custer Roberta Custer ... Cathy Bates
Charles Stransky ... Doug Brown
Bernard Gray Bernard Gray ... James
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Commissioner Walker
Colin Stinton ... Walter B. Wells
Louis Murray Louis Murray ... Mr. Patterson
Christopher Kaldor Christopher Kaldor ... Desk Sergeant
Linda Kimbrough Linda Kimbrough ... Sgt. Green
Robin Spielberg Robin Spielberg ... Records Officer


Policeman Bob Gold has to capture a murderer that not even the FBI has been able to find. But before he can even start he is re-assigned to the murder of an old Jewish lady in a black area. The evidence points at a Jewish hate group and he discovers connections between them and his previous case. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Detective Robert Gold. Whatever he chooses to do is going to be wrong. He still has to make a choice. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


One of numerous collaborations of Joe Mantegna and David Mamet. See more »


Toward the end of the film, when two policemen take Randolph away from Bob Gold, Bob's right arm is hanging. In the next shot, Bob's right arm is stretched. See more »


Bobby Gold: [to Randolph] Your mamma turned you over, man! You know she did it!
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Referenced in Beaver Trilogy Part IV (2015) See more »

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Depth of character in an action film
16 December 2000 | by jaykay-10See all my reviews

While this picture could compare favorably with many of its type for nothing more than its use of action, suspense and realistic details regarding police work, it goes significantly further and becomes a character study of a man searching for an identity. A conscientious, no-nonsense detective, Gold has never become involved in his work to the extent that it has made him question his values, let alone his reason for existing. Without the point being forced upon us, we see a character with (seemingly) no home, no friends, no social activities: a decent man who has not connected with anything meaningful in life until circumstances force him to make significant choices.

Especially challenging to the viewer is the deliberately ambiguous ending in which there is reason to believe that Gold could choose either of the major alternatives available to him. He looks and feels like an outsider in the precinct. He now identifies with the Jew as an outsider. Could it be that he is actually considering.....?

See this provocative picture, and decide for yourself. Excellent performances and direction throughout.

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Release Date:

28 August 1991 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Baltimore, Maryland, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,650, 14 October 1991

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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