Code of Silence (1985)


“When I want your opinion, I’ll beat it out of you. ” – Eddie Cusack

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Oct 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A gruff police detective tries to track down a gang member who orchestrated the murder of another gang during a police sting operation.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came pout on cable in the 80’s, yet never had any desire to see it since I’ve never been a fan of Chuck Norris or his films.

This is actually a pretty mediocre police detective-crime thriller that seems to have solely been made to try and show Chuck Norris’ fighting ability as a gruff and gritty police detective.

The fight scenes are done well, but the plot itself leaves much to be desired.

The characters are all caricatures and none really stand out here.

This was one of Andrew Davis’ early films as a director and was also the first time that he had the ability to use his stock team of Chicago actors in a film.

Many of them would pop up in his three subsequent movies that were filmed in Chicago – Above the Law (1988), The Package (1989) and The Fugitive (1993).

They end up trying much too hard here to have multiple plot threads in order to make things more intriguing but instead make it all far more confusing which takes away from any real impact that this kind of film could potentially have.

Bottom Line – Mediocre crime film that is able to accentuate Norris’ fighting abilities as a gritty detective. The story itself is far too bland and moves along in a strange way. This was one of Davis’ first films and is also the first time that he was able to use his ‘stock’ cast of Chicago actors who would subsequently appear in three more of his films over the next few years – Above the Law (1988), The Package (1989) and The Fugitive (1993). The film tries too hard to have multiple plot threads occurring simultaneously and they end up taking away from the impact of this kind of story.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The scene where the two hoods walk into the tavern to rob it, only to find that it’s full of cops is based on an actual event that took place in an infamous after-hours bar on Chicago’s near North Side where policemen gathered after their shifts. Among the cast are several veterans of the Chicago Police force including Dennis Farina. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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