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Internal Affairs (1990)



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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 start dying, the depth of his corruption becomes increasingly clear; at his disposal, he has an army of cops and criminals alike. He even agrees to assassinate a sleazy businessman's own parents, and humiliates the businessman while they make the deal. In his drive to dominate others, Peck attempts to seduce almost every woman around him and is obsessed with children and fatherhood. Peck is most dangerous when the investigation threatens his territory and his extended family; he stalks Avila and turns him against his wife (Nancy Travis). ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Henry Bean
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 1999
Paramount Pictures


Richard Gere
as Dennis Peck
Andy Garcia
as Raymond Avilla
Nancy Travis
as Kathleen Avilla
Laurie Metcalf
as Amy Wallace
William Baldwin
as Van Stretch
Michael Beach
as Dorian Fletcher
Katherine Borowitz
as Tova Arrocas
John Kapelos
as Steven Arrocas
Ron Vawter
as Jaegar
Harry Murphy
as Surgeon
John Getz
as Teeters
Annabella Sciorra
as Heather Peck
Billie Neal
as Dorian's Wife
Lew Hopson
as Buster
Deryn Warren
as TV Reporter
Arlen Dean Snyder
as Capt. Riordan
Xander Berkeley
as Rudy Mohr
Justin Derosa
as Latino Driver
John Capodice
as Chief Healy
Tyde Kierney
as Sgt. Trafficante
Dinah Lenney
as Newscaster
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Critic Reviews for Internal Affairs

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (8)

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.

Full Review… | March 29, 2009
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Figgis never lets the pace slow long enough to expose the story's thinness despite, in retrospect, a moderate amount of action.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 9, 2008
Top Critic

Dark, dangerous and disturbing.

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

Internal Affairs is, for the dim movie season that is traditionally January, an unusually bright light.

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

[A] cliched catchall, which wastes a fine cast.

June 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Internal Affairs

Great reviews however found it to be an uninspiring suspense drama making me feel nothing but boredom!

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"Richard Gere as Dennis Peck shows how well he can go from playing a good guy who trys to save the day, to this character who is a creepy creeper who makes your skin crawl. How these women are so easily tricked to sleep with Dennis is beyond me. He uses them in more way than one. First as a sexual tool then later as ammo for the guys he's trying to manipulate or seek some kind of revenge on. It's something he seems to be quite good at since he does a few times in the movie. I enjoyed Laurie Metcalf as Sgt. Amy Wallace. She was funny. William Baldwin plays the naive, self loathing, damaged cop well. I also liked Andy Garcia in this. Raymond and Kathleen have a relationship that is twisted. They both are guilty of being jealous. Andy takes it a bit far with his actions in the resturaunt. I didn't like that and didn't like how forgiving Kathleen was for it. But then again some relationships are toxic and that is what turns some people on. Sick but true.
The movie is about dirty cops and how two good cops take down the dirty ones. We've seen they story before. Nonetheless, it was a good movie. I enjoyed it. Probably not something I would watch again though."


Super Reviewer

Internal Affairs is a nasty little suspense thriller!!!and it was hard to see Richard Gere playing such an evil person..

♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer

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