“Excuse me sir, whose racist? Me and Chappie? We’re the minorities man, you’re damn lucky to get us, if we quit, some federal judge will take away your money. Brennan ain’t no racist, he hates everybody, he’s an equal opportunity hater.” – Det. Luis Valentin
Number of Times Seen – At least twice (Cable in the 90’s and 4 Mar 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A former cop who now is a lawyer working for the DA must try and solve the case of whether a decorated police detective is corrupt or not.
My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Sidney Lumet’s work and this was a film that I recall seeing years ago on cable but didn’t quite remember how the storyline itself plays out.
Timothy Hutton and Nick Nolte are both super here and we get to see how things flow as the story moves along.
This film gives us the opportunity to see the grittiness of police work and how crossing a thing line between corruption and honor can be so thin and be too easy to cross if tempted properly.
Hutton does a great job in the lead and more than holds his own against Nolte who is clearly a heavyweight actor and is able to make himself almost unrecognizable in this role.
The plot moves along at a great pace and they give us so much to think about when we try to understand how much can be achieved by police work done properly.
Lumet does a wonderful job directing this film and is able to constantly make us question the various motives of the characters between there is clearly no black and white when dealing with these kind of events and there are lots of gray areas along the way.
This film allows us to watch the story unfold in ways that we might not have expected because nothing is ever truly as it seems.
Bottom Line – Great look at the grittiness of police work and the fine line that is unfortunately quite easy to cross. Hutton is superb in the lead role and is able to hold his own against the heavyweight Nolte who is almost unrecognizable in this role. The story moves along at a great pace and give us so much to ponder about the work of the police as we see what can be achieved. Lumet does a wonderful job directing this film and makes us question the motives of the characters while also allowing us to watch such a great story unfold before out eyes where nothing is truly as it seems. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Nick Nolte gained 50 pounds for his role as Brennan. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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