Internal Affairs (1990)
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, Rovi … More
as Dennis Peck
as Raymond Avilla
as Kathleen Avilla
as Amy Wallace
as Van Stretch
as Dorian Fletcher
as Tova Arrocas
as Steven Arrocas
as Heather Peck
as Dorian's Wife
as TV Reporter
as Capt. Riordan
as Rudy Mohr
as Latino Driver
as Chief Healy
as Sgt. Trafficante
as Surgeon #2
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Critic Reviews for Internal Affairs
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.
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.
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.
A tense, memorable motion picture...Gere is at the top of his game
Internal Affairs is, for the dim movie season that is traditionally January, an unusually bright light.
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.
[A] cliched catchall, which wastes a fine cast.
Those with strange axes to grind, or too much time, or demented senses of humor, and you know who you are, may just have a fun time of this.
Figgis gives his dolled-up universe a high-voltage hum. And at the center of it, Gere is an extraordinarily vivid monster -- the devil as fashion plate.
Audience Reviews for Internal Affairs
Great reviews however found it to be an uninspiring suspense drama making me feel nothing but boredom!More
"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."
Internal Affairs is a nasty little suspense thriller!!!and it was hard to see Richard Gere playing such an evil person..More
Ahhh, the infamous Internal Affairs. The 1990's, with bad hair, fashion and shameless sex.
Well, it is a classic in my opinion. Two of the coolest actors in my opinion of their time, Gere and Garcia, play off against each other in this cop drama which is actually pretty good. Gere as the dirtiest cop around is actually one of his best roles he's ever played, he is one of my favorite male leads.
Of course, back in the 1990's, thrillers were all mixed up with the above mentioned negatives, along with dodgy synthesized music and production wasn't really 100%. I guess you just have to see it for the performances and the psychological war between the two leads, it may just be worth it. Dont expect a twisty edge of your seat climax like The Departed, its a straight up story between good cop and bad cop, and a "noir" ending which leaves you wondering what happened after.
Not for everyone really.
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