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Ricochet (1991)




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Ricochet, a suspenseful, exciting police thriller that loses its way at the end, is the story of a good cop whose life is destroyed by an obsessed psychotic criminal whom he sent to prison years before. Nick (Denzel Washington) is a successful happily married police officer with a distinguished record. He is drugged, kidnapped and framed by Blake (John Lithgow) who has never forgiven him for arresting him years before. Nick must redeem himself both to the police force, his family and the public who had come to love and respect him. Denzel Washington is excellent in his role of the good man in an impossible situation. John Lithgow, while always interesting, is completely over-the-top as the psychotic criminal, and the film looses plausibility during an extended and highly improbable and unbelievable final chase sequence around the Watts Towers. Despite these flaws, Ricochet is an exiting suspense film with a fine performance by Washington and worth watching despite its disappointing conclusion.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Steven E. de Souza, Menno Meyjes, Steve Shagan, Fred Dekker
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 7, 2001
HBO Video


Denzel Washington
as Nick Styles
John Lithgow
as Earl Talbot Blake
as Odessa
Kevin Pollak
as Larry Doyle
Lindsay Wagner
as Priscilla Brimleigh
Mary Ellen Trainor
as Gail Wallens
John Amos
as Rev. Styles
Matt Landers
as Chief Floyd
Starletta DuPois
as Mrs. Styles
Jesse Ventura
as Chewalski
Viveka Davis
as Babysitter
Don Perry
as Book Man
Tom Finnegan
as Desk Sergeant
Mark Phelan
as Prison Doctor
Albie Selznick
as Blake's Lawyer
Frank Miller
as Parole Board Chairma...
Anita Barone
as Waitress
Betty Carvalho
as Female Board Member
Leonard O. Turner
as Committee Chairman
Irene Forrest
as Cleaning Woman
Michele Landry
as Telethon Worker
Heidi Thomas
as Reporter
Susan Lentini
as Reporter
Cylk Cozart
as Reporter
James Ishida
as Reporter
Lisa Hunter
as Reporter
Lisa Nelson
as Reporter
Ivan E. Roth
as City Hall Worker
John Rubinow
as ER Doctor
Tim De Zarn
as Skinhead
George Christy
as Talk Show Host
K. Todd Freeman
as Talk Show Guest
Frank A Miller
as Parole Board Chairma...
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Critic Reviews for Ricochet

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

A taut, twisty urban suspenser powered by the spring-loaded performance of Denzel Washington in his first major action role, Ricochet has a nasty streak and a tendency toward implausible excess.

Full Review… | January 6, 2010
Top Critic

Mulcahy's slasher-thriller manages to be as entertaining as it is improbable and violent.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The screenplay, by Steven E. de Souza, contains many glib, obscene wisecracks, plus the misinformation that Anna Karenina was Tolstoy's first book.

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

As with other Silver-smithed projects, this one is almost frighteningly competent at bashing heads and pushing all the right buttons.

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

A brutally entertaining film.

Full Review… | January 6, 2010
TV Guide's Movie Guide

After a potent start this fizzles with a stupid ending, but John Lithgow's Earl Talbot Blake is one of the most sinister, most vicious, most unforgettable movie villains ever.

October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for Ricochet

Can it really be 20 years ago this film hit the big screen? Denzel buddy you are getting old. The only bad thing about this movie is that it comes in Letterbox format. can someone tell me the reason behind this worthless format. The movie itself is one that put Denzel over the top. Don't thnk it would go over well in todays society with a half naked Dad running to a childrens program with a gun in his hand,, he'd be shot before he hit the stage no questions asked. Full of excitement and thrills amd John Lithgow is a crazy man. 4 Stars 2-17-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

One of Washington's earlier performance, back when he obviously still had to resort to showing off his body and looks for the role. Not quite the standard of film we expect from the now popular Actor, but you can certainly see the beginnings of the Actor he has become today.

Personally I feel John Lithgow was a poor choice as co-star and this film could have been a lot better with a better quality of Actor.

I did enjoy the mind games and plot reminded me much of that of Cape Fear. Watchable, but felt very dated.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Strange revenge movie.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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