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 … 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
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as Nick Styles

as Earl Talbot Blake

as Odessa

as Larry Doyle

as Priscilla Brimleigh

as Gail Wallens

as Rev. Styles

as Wanda

as Chief Floyd

as Mrs. Styles

as Chewalski

as Babysitter

as Jesse

as Book Man

as Desk Sergeant

as Prison Doctor

as Blake's Lawyer

as Parole Board Chairma...

as Waitress

as Female Board Member

as Committee Chairman

as Cleaning Woman

as Telethon Worker

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as City Hall Worker

as ER Doctor

as Skinhead

as Talk Show Host

as Talk Show Guest

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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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