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Black Rain (1989)

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Under scrutiny by his superiors for allegedly dipping into confiscated drug money, New York vice cop Michael Douglas can expect no sympathy from his ex-wife, who is gouging him for alimony. Douglas gets a chance to redeem himself when he is assigned to escort Japanese mob boss Yusaku Matsuda back to his own country to stand trial. Upon arriving in Osaka, Douglas and his partner Andy Garcia are tricked into releasing their prisoner. Now on the outs with both the American and Japanese police

Feb 16, 1999

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (10) | DVD (16)

Considering the caliber of talent, in front and behind the camera, Ridley Scott's violent cop thriller should have been more engaging and compelling

April 7, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

...a relic of the 1980s.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Still plays like a more commerical variation of the superior Year of the Dragon, but Black Rain has aged nicely, and is a strong film in its own right.

November 7, 2006 Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com
FulvueDrive-in.com

absurdly priceless

October 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A big stupid pile of junk. Am I being too forward?

May 30, 2003 | Comments (3)
Juicy Cerebellum

Beautiful but not memorable.

January 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Should have been much better, given its credentials

January 12, 2003 | Comment (1)
Kalamazoo Gazette

Ridley Scott's been better, but Black Rain is rarely less than engaging.

December 30, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

Style wins out over substance again.

September 25, 2002
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Dark and haunting

July 26, 2002
Urban Cinefile

Nothing brilliant, but it's tough to knock Ridley Scott's style and Michael Douglas with a gun.

July 25, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

A cross-cultural gem about the clash between two Americans and the Japanese police force.

January 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
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Audience Reviews for Black Rain

One of the most underrated films ever made, and one of my personal favorites.
February 26, 2011
YLOWBSTARDreturns

Super Reviewer

A perfect 2 1/2 star movie. The absolute middle of the road. Not bad, not great. Well shot, but nothing extraordinary. Not ridden with cliches but nothing too original either.
June 15, 2010
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

A great 80s cop movie that managed to stay serious, despite it having a Japanese biker gang and a racism theme. Michael Douglas personifies in many ways the epitome of a loose canon cop during the time. He rides around in a motorcycle with aviators and a leather jacket with tough talk to accompany his look. Ridley Scott shows such a dark and different side of the crime world compared to most cop dramas of the time. In a lot of ways it is the French Connection of its time, with a lot of the same story lines and characters. While it's not as good, it still manages to create this extremely believable and imperfect world of Cops & Robbers.
May 25, 2010
ythelastman89

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    1. Nick Conklin: Now I don't know about the box at the club. Coulda been samples, coulda been plates. But you guys got a counterfeiting war going on and you, pal, should talk to your partner before ya go to the suits, okay? So fuck ya very much.
    – Submitted by Jason S (6 months ago)
    1. Nick Conklin: What the fuck are you lookin' at?
    – Submitted by Jason S (6 months ago)
    1. Nick Conklin: Ah, so! Me so solly!
    – Submitted by Jesse K (16 months ago)
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