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Internal Affairs (1990)

An Internal Affairs agent becomes obsessed with bringing down a cop who has managed to maintain a spotless reputation despite being involved in a web of corruption.

Director:

Mike Figgis

Writer:

Henry Bean

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Dennis Peck
Andy Garcia ... Raymond Avilla
Nancy Travis ... Kathleen Avilla
Laurie Metcalf ... Amy Wallace
Richard Bradford ... Grieb
William Baldwin ... Van Stretch
Michael Beach ... Dorian Fletcher
Katherine Borowitz ... Tova Arrocas
Faye Grant ... Penny
John Kapelos ... Steven Arrocas
Xander Berkeley ... Rudy Mohr
John Capodice ... Chief Healy
Victoria Dillard ... Kee
Pamella D'Pella ... Cheryl
Susan Forristal Susan Forristal ... Lolly
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Storyline

Keen young Raymond Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck is involved in any number of dubious or downright criminal activities. He is also devious, a womaniser, and a clever manipulator, and he starts to turn his attention on Avila. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

Trust him... he's a cop.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,043,516, 14 January 1990

Gross USA:

$27,734,391

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,734,391
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Considered to be one of the two comeback vehicles Richard Gere made in 1990, the other one being Pretty Woman (1990). See more »

Goofs

About halfway through the movie, Dennis is waiting for Raymond outside his office. They have a conversation. Dennis crosses his arms, and keeps them crossed for the wide shot. When the camera cuts back to the two-shot, Dennis is now just holding his hands together. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Peck: How many cops you know, huh? Got nothing. Divorced, alcoholic, kids won't talk to them anymore, can't get it up. Sitting there in their little apartments, alone in the dark, playing lollipop with a service revolver?
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CARTOON ROCK
Written by Winston Sharples
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Figgis blurs the lines between good and bad in this dark thriller
4 February 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

Dennis Peck is a street cop who seems happy to stay at that level, and yet he spends significantly more money than he makes on his cops' pay. When IA officers investigate Peck's partner Van Stretch for planting drugs on a suspect and using unnecessary force, they decide to look into Peck more. However Peck knows how to exploit weakness in those around him and begins to clear up the loose links around him while pushing all Raymond Avila's buttons.

This was Figgis' first American film and he made an excellent start. The dark plot is pretty simple in terms of beginning, middle, start. What makes it so much more than that is the characters are so well drawn. Peck and Avila both become like each other the more we know about them, their methods, their thoughts and their weaknesses are all similar. It makes it harder to fit everyone into the mould of good guys and bad guys and keeps everything more interesting. The various twists don't always make sense but the film is forceful enough to keep everything moving.

Gere is on best form here, playing a character against type he is the embodiment of corruption, deceit and murder. Garcia is also excellent as Raymond, who blends his actions well from good into bad. Metcalfe is excellent as Garcia's partner who may or may not be motivated by the hatred of Gere's macho personae. It's also good to see Baldwin, Travis and Xander Berkley have good roles.

Overall this is a dark thriller that blends characters into one mess of corruption in the police. It is an excellent film with great characters.


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