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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.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jack Grimaldi
Wallace Wood ... Waiter
... Sheri
... Scully
... Martie
... John
... Joey
... Sal
... Mona Demarkov
William Duff-Griffin ... Paddy
... Cage
Paul Butler ... Skouras
... Natalie Grimaldi
... Malacci
Victoria Bastel ... Girl #1


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


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Release Date:

4 February 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Romeo krvari  »


Box Office


$11,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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At one point, Madonna was attached to the project. See more »


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


Don Falcone: Mind you, I have no respect for pacifism. It's a morally bankrupt belief. Pacifists believe that they have the right not to kill, but others always die in defense of that right.
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Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998) 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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The story of a cop who wanted it bad and got it worse.
1 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

Gut-wrenching thriller about corrupt cop Jack Grimaldi who tries to become a very rich man by working at the same time for the New York Police Department and for the Mob as an informant. Things start to go downhill when he falls in love with a cruel and merciless assassin, Mona Demarkov, who's being targeted by the Mob. Romeo is Bleeding is the ultimate film-noir of the 20th century, everything about this film is so weird and evokes a sense of despair and hopeless that watching it ‘till the last minute puts you gasping for more air. It's hard to put it into words, since Romeo is Bleeding is more like an experience itself, but a simplistic way to define the atmosphere the picture creates is describing it as a cross between the violence and style of a Batman movie (only without Batman) and your typical Humphrey Bogart flick, like The Maltese Falcon. Outstanding performances by Gary Oldman as Grimaldi and Lena Olin as Mona Demarkov. This character was a true present for Olin and she chews the scenery every moment she's on screen. The part was perfect for her, no one could pull this one of so perfectly, except perhaps for Jennifer Connelly, it would be interesting to see her in a role like that, since it seems that Jennifer herself jumped right of a 30's-40's noir movie (I was impressed by her in Dark City). Burt Reynolds or Tom Selleck would have suited perfectly into the role of Grimaldi, but Oldman was great. I also found very interesting that Jack Grimaldi wasn't a bad guy, Oldman constructed the character as a man who just wouldn't fit in the life that was given for him, and his thirst for more and more was responsible for sending his life into a spiral of violence, decadence and death.

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