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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 assassin. As former partners Frank Pembleton (Andre Braugher) and Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor) conduct their own personal search for the perpetrator, the comatose "G" discovers that not all police review boards are conducted by the living. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Kim Gyngell, Philip Dalkin, Tom Fontana, James Yoshimura, Eric Overmyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 8, 2009


Andre Braugher
as Frank Pembleton
Daniel Baldwin
as Beau Felton
Ned Beatty
as Stanley Bolander
Richard Belzer
as John Munch
Reed Diamond
as Mike Kellerman
Giancarlo Esposito
as Mike Giardello
Michelle Forbes
as Dr. Juliana Cox
Peter Gerety
as Stuart Gharty
Isabella Hofmann
as Megan Russert
Isabella Hoffman
as Megan Russert
eljko Ivanek
as Ed Danvers
Zeljko Ivanek
as A.S.A. Ed Danvers
Clark Johnson
as Meldrick Lewis
Yaphet Kotto
as Al Giardello
Melissa Leo
as Kay Howard
Toni Lewis
as Terri Stivers
Michael Michele
as Rene Sheppard
Max Perlich
as James Brodie
Jon Polito
as Steve Croscetti
Kyle Secor
as Tim Bayliss
Jon Seda
as Paul Falsone
Callie Thorne
as Laura Ballard
Jason Priestley
as Robert Hall
Eamonn Walker
as Eric Thomas James
Herb Levinson
as Lausanne
Jay Spadaro
as Salerno
Ralph Tabakin
as Scheiner
Sean Whitesell
as Devilbiss
Austin Pendleton
as George Griscom
Rhonda Overby
as Dawn Daniels
Elizabeth Berman
as Shirley de Sassy
Mark Joy
as Nathan
Lanny Flaherty
as Homeless Man
Clayton LeBouef
as Colonel George Barnf...
Ellen McElduff
as Billie Lou Munch
Walt McPherson
as Roger Gaffney
Reg E. Cathey
as Bernard Weeks
Terry Serpico
as Karl Miller
Jim Simpson
as Gessner
Paul M. Clary
as Officer Brown
Bradley Thoennes
as News Manager
Craig D. Wallace
as John Komen
Dina Napoli
as Herself
Joe Mantegna
as Bobby Gold
Ving Rhames
as Randolph
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Ms. Klein
William H. Macy
as Tim Sullivan
Paul Butler
as Deputy Mayor Walker
Colin Stinton
as Walter B. Wellls, G...
Adolph Mall
as Benjamin
J.S. Block
as Dr. Klein
Roberta Custer
as Cathy Bates
Charles Stransky
as Doug Brown
Louis Murray
as Patterson
Chris Kaldor
as Desk Sergeant
Linda Kimbrough
as Sgt. Green
Robin Spielberg
as Records Officer
Charles Stranski
as Doug Brown
Yuri Alexis
as Reporter
Darrell Taylor
as Willie Sims
Jonathan Ridgely
as Deliveryman
Willo Hausman
as Juvenile Officer
Leo Burns
as Officer Arraigning W...
Ron Butler
as Police Rookie
Lee Cohn
as Officer Escorting Ms...
George Harvey
as Officer Escorting We...
Charles Chessler
as Plainclothes Officer
Jordan Lage
as FBI Team Leader
George Rogers
as Swat Team Member
Steven Anderson
as Swat Team Member
Elmer Aulton
as Swat Team Member
Anthony Boer
as Swat Team Member
Michael Hammond
as Swat Team Member
Guy Johnson
as Swat Team Member
Erica Gimpel
as Woman with Randolf
Tony Mamet
as Officer Farro
Larry Kopp
as Officer Threatened b...
Bob Moore
as Police Captain
Keith Johnson
as Captain's Driver
Alan Soule
as Crime Scene Technici...
Sandy Waters
as Neighborhood Woman
Cliff McMullen
as Night Officer at Var...
Mary Jefferson
as Randolph's Mother
Jonathan Katz
as Undertaker
Marge Kotlisky
as Mrs. Klein
Marge Kotilsky
as Mrs. Klein
Jim Frangione
as Police Officer
Ricky Jay
as Aaron
Robert Bella
as Bodyguard
Gail Silver
as Lily, the Klein's M...
Scott Zigler
as Passport Clerk
Jerrold Graff
as Officer in Elevator
Rick Washburne
as Officer in Elevator
Rick Washburn
as Officer in Elevator
Jim Grace
as BATF Agent
Paul Hjelmervik
as BATF Agent
James Potter
as Shoemaker
Charlotte Potok
as Assistant Librarian
Lynn Weisberg
as Woman in Library
Andy Potok
as Library Technician
Emily Weisberg
as Young Girl in Librar...
Andrew Potok
as Library Technician
Theo Cohan
as Young Woman with Dog
Neil Pepe
as Young Man with Dog
Ted Monte
as Bodyguard with Gun
Adam Bitterman
as Young Bodyguard
Steve Goldstein
as Librarian
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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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