Genre Guesstimation – Internal Affairs (1990)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Dan of Slipthrough Movies We will be reviewing our favorite Crime Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of February (Today) by sending them to

If you still need a slight extension, let me know.

Try to think out of the box!

Great choice Dan!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Crime Films…

internal affairs“What Oakes said about your fellow officers respecting and honoring you is, as you probably know, complete crap. Most of the cops hate our guts. To the extent that they credit us with having any. They think we’re climbers who went into I.A.D. for the promotions, which is true, not that we necessarily get them. So, they’re polite because they’re afraid of us. That’s all” – Amy

Number of Times Seen – Between 3-5 times  (Theater in 1990, video and 22 Feb 2016)

Brief Synopsis – An eager young Internal Affairs detective tries to catch a veteran cop who appears to be very corrupt but is also very slick.

My Take on it –  I haven’t seen this movie in years and was quite happy to revisit it when my good friend David suggested I give it a rewatch. (Tnx David!)

The fact that it fits this months Genre gave me an even more compelling reason to watch it as soon as possible.

The plot here is quite gritty cat and mouse game but still works most of the time due in most part to the excellent performances by Andy Garcia and especially Richard Gere.

The fact that the two supposedly had a strong rivalry with one another seems to have fueled both of their performances and help give us more realistic performances for two characters who also seem to hate one another.

The story itself is quite decent and I liked the way it was mapped out because it gives us some nice surprises along the way, but I also felt that certain things seemed to be slightly lacking in order to make it even better.

The drama really is edge of your seat and the thrills keep coming throughout.

Bottom Line – Garcia and Gere are both excellent here and it’s interesting to think that their real life rivalry led to even more intense scenes.  The story is good, but is slightly lacking the added punch needed in a film like this one.  Very gritty cat and mouse game works well overall and gives us a nice and thrilling movie with edge of your seat drama. Recommended!

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Close, but the story is string enough overall eventhough there are some excellent performances here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Richard Gere and Andy Garcia reportedly did not get along during filming. Some of the scenes in which they were required to hit each other, particularly the confrontation in the elevator, were allegedly for real. Garcia subsequently refused to attend the wrap party. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Excellent performances but the story needs some work to be more compelling.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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