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Ricochet (1991)

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A District Attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

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Russell Mulcahy

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Fred Dekker (story), Menno Meyjes (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Nick Styles
John Lithgow ... Earl Talbot Blake
Ice-T ... Odessa (as Ice T)
Kevin Pollak ... Larry Doyle
Lindsay Wagner ... DA Priscilla Brimleigh
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Gail Wallens
Josh Evans Josh Evans ... Kim
Victoria Dillard ... Alice
John Amos ... Reverend Styles
John Cothran ... Councilman Farris (as John Cothran Jr.)
Linda Dona ... Wanda (as Linda Doná)
Matt Landers ... Chief Floyd
Lydell M. Cheshier Lydell M. Cheshier ... R.C.
Starletta DuPois ... Mrs. Styles
Sherman Howard ... Kiley
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Storyline

In this action thriller, Denzel Washington plays Nick Styles, the assistant district attorney of L.A. The film opens in his early days as a cop on the L.A.P.D. During a carnival, master criminal Earl Talbot Blake creates a scene after a botched drug deal. Styles and Blake confront each other, during which Blake is wounded by Styles and later sent to prison. Seven years later, Blake escapes from prison during a parole board hearing to carry out his revenge against Styles, and what follows is a violent series of events that destroys Styles' career. This sets the stage for one last bloody duel between Styles and Blake. Written by Stephen Currence <billyc@erols.com>

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This is one case that's going to be settled out of court. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Рикошет See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,831,181, 6 October 1991, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,760,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Odessa calls Blake to set him up, he says "You wanna find out who really got the power? Bring your punk-ass to the tower!". In 1991, the year this movie was released, Ice-T released his album "O.G.(Original Gangster)" and on it was a track called "The Tower" which shares a similar line of "I ask myself just who had the power: The Whites,The Blacks, Or just the gun tower." See more »

Goofs

When the replay of the situation at the carnival between Nick and Blake is being watched at the office, Nick adds the word "please", which he clearly did not say just seconds before when it happened. See more »

Quotes

Nick Styles: I'm a husband, I'm a father, I'm a provider, see?
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Alternate Versions

All UK releases were cut by 5 secs by the BBFC to edit a scene featuring a butterfly knife and to remove a brief shot of the cover of a child porn magazine in line with UK rules on child protection. See more »

Connections

References Cops (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Makin' Happy
Words and Music by Crystal Waters, Neil Conway (as Neal Conway) and Mark Harris
Published by Basement Boys Music, Inc. and BMG Music (Admin. by Polygram International Publishing)
Performed by Crystal Waters
Courtesy of Polygram Special Products, a Division of Polygram Group Dist. Inc.
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Denzel Washington in Die Hard Mode? John Lithgow as a crackling maniac? You bet. And the results fun.
20 December 1999 | by TB-22See all my reviews

Remember when John Lithgow used to be menacing? Remember when he was a demented psycho in Blow Out? or the magnificent transvestite in The World According to Garp? What about when he was a demented paranoid in The Twilight Zone - The Movie? And that religious tormented Reverend in Footloose? Even De Palma's Raising Cain was good in Lithgow's gallery of freaks. Yes, John Lithgow used to be dangerous as an actor. And one of those great performances was given in this little seen thriller directed by Russell "Highlander" Mulcahy. Denzel Washington, in a full, maniacal "Die Hard" mode, is Nick Styles, a maverick cop who is framed fro murder after Blake (Lithgow, in electric psycho mode) escapes form prison seeking revenge on Styles, the man that put him on cold seven years ago. The pace is really fast, the situations are extreme and the movie even manages to include some over the top, twisted violence. Sure, it has the very same conventionalisms and clichés of every other action movie (Styles partner dies, et al), but still, Ricochet goes over the average thanks to bravura performances by the two leads and some damn fine action sequences and camerawork.

But now, Russell Mulcahy has stepped into oblivion and John Lithgow has become somber family fodder in mind numbing sitcoms about aliens and rock.


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