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Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)

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A womanizing, crooked cop on the payroll of the mafia is confronted with the reality of his double life after he is asked to kill a beautiful and ruthless Russian gangster.


Peter Medak


Hilary Henkin
2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Jack Grimaldi
Wallace Wood Wallace Wood ... Waiter
Juliette Lewis ... Sheri
David Proval ... Scully
Will Patton ... Martie
Gene Canfield ... John
Larry Joshua ... Joey
Michael Wincott ... Sal
Lena Olin ... Mona Demarkov
William Duff-Griffin William Duff-Griffin ... Paddy
James Cromwell ... Cage
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Skouras
Annabella Sciorra ... Natalie Grimaldi
Tony Sirico ... Malacci
Victoria Bastel ... Girl #1

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Detective Jack Grimaldi (Gary Oldman) takes us through his shattered life after encountering the most deadly (and deceptive) criminal he has ever had to deal with. It doesn't help that Grimladi is playing both sides against the middle. When he encounters Demarkov (Lena Olin) he thinks he can play her as he has all the other women in his life...including his wife. But Demarkov knows Jack better than he knows himself. She plays him mercilessly, all the while threatening to kill him when she tires of the game. Written by Jonny_B_Lately

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The story of a cop who wanted it bad and got it worse.


Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Nicolas Cage and Michael Keaton turned down the role of Jack Grimaldi. See more »


We see Mona's real arm under her blouse when she walks away from the roses toward Jack who is on the bed. See more »


Mona Demarkov: What's life without good friends?
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Alternate Versions

The Australian Region 4 disc, released by Magna Pacific/Becker Entertainment, is the censored TV version. All swearing has been removed as well as close-up shots of bullet hits and nudity. See more »


Referenced in Jersey Girl (2004) See more »


Written and Performed by Abbey Lincoln
(c) 1990 Moseka Music, administered by Howe Sound Music
Courtesy of PolyGram S.A. France
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User Reviews

Underrated movie
5 January 2012 | by ereinionSee all my reviews

Every time its May 1 or December 1, I think of this movie. It means something, it must be good to leave that kind of impression on me. When a movie sticks in your mind, even if its just one quote, for so long after you have seen it (and the last time I saw it was 3 or 4 years ago) it means it can't be bad. So thats one thing. Another thing is that it has absolutely top notch cast. Gary Oldman, Lena Olin, Michael Wincott, Juliette Lewis, Annabella Sciorra, Will Patton and James Cromwell-all serious and talented actors. And the story is very interesting too. I mean you have this so-flawed main character who is at the same time very human and even sympathetic in a way that he's lost, he can't really help all the mess he's got himself in. It is a very human character, no? And in the end he does the right thing, but is it too late? Seems so. This movie is just about that-how we sometimes don't wake up and see the light until we have lost everything that was dear to us.

What is the flaw with the movie? Maybe its that it didn't perhaps get everything it could from such an interesting storyline. I mean, corrupt cop who's in the mafia's pocket and cheats on his wife yet loves her, then gets caught in the dangerous game with a deadly Russian criminal who is a man eater at the same time...well, maybe not after all. Its a movie that succeeds in pulling it all together rather well and at the same time making us stay on the edge of our seat to see whats gonna happen next. Not many American modern movies have done that. I can mention one that came out the same year as this one, Carlito's Way. But that is a different story and genre really. That was a gangster film noir with a love story thrown in, this is both a film noir and a love story. Thats why the title is ROMEO is Bleeding.

Gary Oldman makes one of his strongest performances and the same can perhaps be said for Olin, who is very convincing and menacing in her part as the deadly seductress whose only aim is to devour everything in her path. The ending leaves us in doubt to what really happened, there is no typical Hollywood ending and thats good. It again mirrors how things really go in life as Jack is left on his own waiting anxiously for his wife but nobody, not even he, knows if he will ever see her again. And thats art imitating life.

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Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$11,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,225,737, 6 February 1994

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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