Writer: Daniel Petrie Jr.
Composer: Brad Fiedel
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman, Lisa Jane Persky, Ebbe Roe Smith, Rom O'Brien, Charles Ludlam, Grace Zabriskie, Marc Lawrence, Solomon Burke
More info: IMDb
Tagline: Between them lies the fate of the state of New Orleans
Plot: Set in New Orleans. Remy McSwain, lieutenant in Homicide finds that he has two problems, the first of a series of gang killings and Ann Osborne, a beautiful attorney from the D.A.'s police corruption task force in his office. He begins a relationship with her as the killings continue only to have charges filed against him for accepting bribes as he stumbles on a police corruption Sting. While this is happening, the criminals insist that none of the crime gangs are behind the killings.
My rating: 6.5/10
Will I watch it again? No.
I lived in New Orleans for a time. I love visiting there but living there has its ups and downs; the downs being the horrendous corruption and crime. That was a long time ago but nothing's really changed. Having this film set there (it was originally set in Chicago) is a huge plus. The city oozes with character and it's unlike any other large American city. That's one of the good things about this thriller that I would recommend watching it for. Another is Dennis Quaid's performance as Remy, one of every crooked cop in the picture. His accent is pretty damn good but there's a good chunk of actors in this thing that sound like their in a cartoon. Some of the accents are laughably bad and I found it distracting. But then I'm a stickler for getting Southern accents right. John Goodman and Ned Beatty are always fun to watch. As a thriller goes, it hits all of the right beats in storytelling and tension building to get us where we need to go. I liked having Remy and Anne (Barkin) on opposite ends of the law in the trial halfway into the film. That threw a monkey wrench into their relationship and the buildup to the ending was good despite the typical ending with everything tying up a little too neatly. I would have given it a 7 out of 10 if it weren't for the outrageously poor accents from some of the cast. Rather than watch this again I'll just drive the three and a half hours to NO and spend the day soaking up the atmosphere. The Trimark DVD has a non-anamorphic widescreen print and the extras include...well fuck. The flipside of the disc doesn't work. Take a trip to New Orleans instead and try not to get shot.