No Mercy (1986)



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High-powered gangsters move this crime drama along at a fast pace. When two cops, Eddie Jillette (Richard Gere) and Joe Collins (Gary Basaraba), hear about a contract out on local crime boss Losado (Jeroen Krabbe), they go undercover posing as hitmen, and the result is murder. Collins and the man who hired them, Paul Deveneux (Terry Kinney) are killed, and Jillette goes looking for the assassin. He ends up in New Orleans where he locates Michel Duval (Kim Basinger), the girlfriend of Deveneux … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: James Carabatsos, Jim Carabatsos, Tom Rickman, Beth Henley
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 6, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Eddie Jillette

as Michel Duval

as Capt. Stemkowski

as Joe Collins

as Allan Deveneux

as Paul Deveneux

as Lt. Hall

as Angles Ryan

as Alice Collins

as Benny Blue

as Old Asian Man

as Lawrence

as Miles

as Waitress

as Blind Woman

as Policeman

as Security Guard

as Man #2

as Man #3
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Critic Reviews for No Mercy

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

A passionate film noir that depends heavily upon Mr. Gere to give it credence, and Mr. Gere delivers.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

An above-average film noir, and its creepy feeling for the back streets of New Orleans and the sultry evil of its red-light suburbs got under my skin.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Count me among those who would be happy never to see another starring role for Gere, except maybe as Felix in a remake of The Odd Couple.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A standard-issue cop thriller that amounts to Beverly Hills Cop in a bad mood.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Pearce pads out his plot with lots of borrowed bits ... but the borrowings don't have any resonance of their own: they simply hang on the story like empty thematic husks.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for No Mercy

On the surface, this film, which I like, is like dozens of other revenge-the-death-of-a-cop-partner stories. But the saving grace of the movie is the characters, and some of the dialogue.

Spoilers in the following

Eddie Jilette is a tough cop. A tough Chicago cop. But what distinguishes the film that his Captain is tougher and nastier. In a later scene in the film, the captain and Eddie are in an airport where, in the Men's washroom, after making sure that they're alone, the captain gives Eddie a weapon to kill the villain, and expects him to use it. In most such films, a tough cop usually has a captain who's either a politician or a wimp. How refreshing!

The film also has a nice touch. Eddie rents all the rooms of a hotel in Algiers. The only inhabitants were the clerk and a cat. Eddie tells the clerk to beat it, because he's expecting a showdown battle there. Shortly before the battle commences, we see the cat leave the building.

One I've watched several times and one that's in my library.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


Exciting action-thriller of a Chicago policeman (Richard Gere) heads for Louisiana to track down his partner's killer. There he falls in love with an illiterate Cajun beauty (Kim Basinger). Basinger pouts, Gere smoulders, the bayous steam.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

80's cop-as-avenger flick with then rising stars, Kim Basinger and Richard Gere, set in New Orleans and environs featuring some sweaty PG-13 love action. Some of the dialogue is classic, especially the two references to freckles.

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