Internal Affairs (1990)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
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Average Rating: 6.9/10
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In this glossy L.A. crime drama by Mike Figgis, Andy Garcia stars as Sgt. Raymond Avila, a cop who just joined the Internal Affairs division of the L.A.P.D. An investigation into police corruption has led Avila and his partner, Sgt. Amy Wallace (Laurie Metcalf), to Officer Dennis Peck (Richard Gere). Avila suspects something about Peck from the beginning; his influence and dominance over others seems to extend further than the reach of his badge. When officers who wish to testify against Peck
Jan 12, 1990 Wide
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Sgt. Raymond Avilla
Sgt. Amy Wallace
Lt. Sgt. Grieb
Heather Lauren Olsen
Julio Oscar Mechoso
Arlen Dean Snyder
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Gere is hypnotic, writer Henry Bean's construction is entertainingly intricate, and director Mike Figgis knows how to turn on a subtle, authentic erotic heat.
Figgis never lets the pace slow long enough to expose the story's thinness despite, in retrospect, a moderate amount of action.
Internal Affairs delivers what it promises, and perhaps a little more. There's less action but more menace, and the pulse quickens as the plot drives relentlessly toward a conclusion that, in retrospect, can be seen as inevitable.
Internal Affairs is, for the dim movie season that is traditionally January, an unusually bright light.
[A] cliched catchall, which wastes a fine cast.
A lurid, lightweight throw-together of cheap psycho-thrills which tries to dress itself up as something more substantial.
The conflict between Gere and Garcia is what carries the movie; deep beneath the macho brutality there's an almost homoerotic tint to their relationship. It makes for compelling stuff.
Yet another goofy credit in Gere's already overloaded resume of embarrassment -- although some may consider this one of those movies that's so silly it's good.
A tense, memorable motion picture...Gere is at the top of his game
Internal Affairs is all stylish visuals and no substance whatsoever. That may be an attempt to hide the silliness of Henry Bean's first-time screenplay, but it doesn't work.
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