Homicide: The Movie (2000)




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Some six months after the cancellation of the popular, hard-hitting TV cop series Homicide, most of the cast members were reunited for a two-hour TV movie, which deftly (and somewhat surprisingly) combines stark, raw realism with Sartre-esque flights of fantasy. Several members past and present of the Baltimore Police Department's homicide squad are brought back together when their former skipper and current mayoral candidate, Al "G" Giardelli (Yaphet Kotto), is gunned down by a would-be … More

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: ,
Written By: Kim Gyngell, Philip Dalkin, James Yoshimura, Eric Overmyer, Tom Fontana
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On DVD: Sep 8, 2009



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as Beau Felton

as Stanley Bolander

as John Munch

as Mike Kellerman

as Mike Giardello

as Dr. Juliana Cox

as Stuart Gharty

as Megan Russert

as Megan Russert

as Ed Danvers

as A.S.A. Ed Danvers

as Meldrick Lewis

as Al Giardello

as Kay Howard

as Terri Stivers

as Rene Sheppard

as James Brodie

as Steve Croscetti

as Tim Bayliss

as Paul Falsone

as Laura Ballard

as Robert Hall

as Eric Thomas James

as Doctor McElduff

as Lausanne

as Salerno

as Scheiner

as Devilbiss

as George Griscom

as Dawn Daniels

as Shirley de Sassy

as Nathan

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as Billie Lou Munch

as Roger Gaffney

as Bernard Weeks

as Karl Miller

as Gessner

as Officer Brown

as News Manager

as John Komen

as Herself

as Bobby Gold

as Randolph

as Ms. Klein

as Tim Sullivan

as Deputy Mayor Walker

as Walter B. Wellls, Gr...

as Benjamin

as Dr. Klein

as Cathy Bates

as Doug Brown

as Patterson

as Desk Sergeant

as Sgt. Green

as Records Officer

as Doug Brown

as Reporter

as Willie Sims

as Deliveryman

as Juvenile Officer

as Officer Arraigning W...

as Police Rookie

as Officer Escorting Ms...

as Officer Escorting We...

as Plainclothes Officer

as FBI Team Leader

as Swat Team Member

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as Woman with Randolf

as Officer Farro

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as Police Captain

as Captain's Driver

as Crime Scene Technici...

as Neighborhood Woman

as Night Officer at Var...

as Randolph's Mother

as Undertaker

as Mrs. Klein

as Mrs. Klein

as Police Officer

as Aaron

as Bodyguard

as Lily, the Klein's Ma...

as Passport Clerk

as Officer in Elevator

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as BATF Agent

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as Shoemaker

as Assistant Librarian

as Woman in Library

as Library Technician

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as Library Technician

as Young Woman with Dog

as Young Man with Dog

as Bodyguard with Gun

as Young Bodyguard

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Critic Reviews for Homicide: The Movie

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (7)

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

Full Review… | May 1, 1991
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Homicide, David Mamet's ponderous film about a Jewish cop losing his way, loses its way whenever it wanders from the scene of the crime

Full Review… | November 12, 2009

The doomy mood of the final scenes packs a wallop that's missing from Mamet's more contrived narratives.

Full Review… | September 26, 2009
Movie Metropolis

a high wire neo-noir that bravely incorporates the urban thriller with the crazy twist of religious conversion and the saving/condemning of a divided soul.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009

As Mamet writes, so he directs -- his shots get to the point, usually one we don't forget.

Full Review… | September 15, 2009
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Homicide: The Movie

Good movie, well acted. I have rated it highly because it was obviously of a high standard, but for me personally, I didn't love it, and would not watch it again. It is a little confusing, and the racism issues, while important, ruin what would have - for me - worked better as a straightforward crime movie. I am sure there are many who would enjoy this.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Tim Sullivan: Hey, you got some... you got some heavy troubles on your mind? Huh, babe? We'll work it out. We'll play some cops and robbers. We'll bust this big criminal. We'll swagger around.

A crime story that combines a police procedural and a cop's journey to learn more about himself. Written and directed by David Mamet, this means the film has a very stylized sense of dialog, which I am a fan of. Its a solid film, if a bit slow, but it provides a good story and a quality lead role for Joe Mantegna.

Mantegna stars as Det. Bobby Gold, a good cop, who has just gotten a hold of a high profile case along with his partner, Sullivan played by William H. Macy. This case involves an FBI most wanted criminal, and Gold has a few ideas on how to capture him. A snag in the plan occurs; however, when Gold, en route to another crime scene, happens on a murder scene.

This scene involves the murder of an elderly Jewish woman, who ran a candy shop. Gold was the first on the scene, and with the family realizing that Gold is also Jewish, they use their high social status to put Gold on the case as the lead detective, to the dismay of Gold, who is now not involved in the high profile case he wanted.

While Gold is Jewish, he does not respect the religion or himself and has no concern for the case. As the film goes on, however, Gold begins to find a curiosity in what has actually happened, as well as developing a deeper connection to his own roots. The film becomes an interesting character study about Gold, who moves between the two cases he is involved with.

I like this film for the same reason I like most Mamet films, the rhythm of the dialog:

Bobby Gold: Man's got no call to question my loyalty.
Tim Sullivan: How's your head?
Bobby Gold: He had no fuckin' call to get racial on me.
Tim Sullivan: So he called you one, you called him one. We get to the gym...
Bobby Gold: Sonofabitch is gonna go.
Tim Sullivan: Yeah, I feel it too.
Bobby Gold: Piece'a cake.
Tim Sullivan: Either piece'a cake or a slice'a life, you notice that?
Bobby Gold: Yeah, I've remarked that, ain't that the truth?
Tim Sullivan: That is the truth.

The way Mamet has scripted his scenes pulls me in. This especially goes for the banter between Mantegna and Macy. There are some poorly cast actors here and there that can't deliver Mamet dialog very well, but for the most part, the cast is solid.

It also helps that the film has a very natural feel as a police procedural. While probably not perfect, the handling of the daily police work aspect is effective at keeping a real feel for the film. Roger Deakins' cinematography certainly helps make the film look very good as well.

A couple twists towards the end of the film pull everything to an interesting conclusion and has the overall film work as a solid feature.

Bobby Gold: You sorry fucking sack of shit. You shot my partner.
Randolph: Yeah, man, and you could have paid me back if you would have brought your gun. That was your mistake, man.

Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

Finally tracked this one down and I'm glad that I did. The dialogue is very Mamet which means incredible dialogue and monologues that actors will be using for auditions for years to come. Joe Mantegna delivers well.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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