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The Mighty Quinn (1989)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 2

A deft hybrid of laughs, espionage, and music, The Mighty Quinn is a smart, pleasant entertainment that offers an early example of Denzel Washington's onscreen magnetism.

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A deft hybrid of laughs, espionage, and music, The Mighty Quinn is a smart, pleasant entertainment that offers an early example of Denzel Washington's onscreen magnetism.

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Xavier Quinn (Denzel Washington) is police chief of a tiny Caribbean island. Quinn's efforts to straddle the fence between the local blacks and the moneyed whites have lost him the respect of both groups. When a murder is committed, Quinn suspects that the killer is Maubee (Robert Townsend), a notoriously elusive criminal who has become a folk hero to the locals. Despite various political pressures -- and the fact that he and Maubee were childhood friends-Quinn vows to solve the murder, and, if

Feb 6, 2001

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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[Washington] gives the kind of smooth, funny, laid-back performance that could help make him the first black matinee idol since Sidney Poitier.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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With Fancher's dialogue and Washington's comedic timing, The Mighty Quinn is more fun than a cabana full of bananas.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The Mighty Quinn is a spy thriller, a buddy movie, a musical, a comedy and a picture that is wise about human nature. And yet with all of those qualities, it never seems to strain.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Pleasing comical murder mystery that takes place on a small Caribbean island.

May 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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An award-worthy performance by Washington

October 26, 2008
Tsunami Magazine

The colourful locale -- it was shot on the northeastern coast of Jamaica -- spices up the formulaic screenplay, which contains sentimental twaddle about identifying with one's culture.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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A terrific mystery with a Caribbean beat; Denzel Washington needs to do more movies like this.

January 14, 2003
Flipside Movie Emporium

Engrossing mystery in a unique setting

October 10, 2002
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The film has the unmistakable (or maybe only semi-mistakable) feel of a television pilot.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Very entertaining, good performances by Townsend and Washington. Good ending.
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