The Glass Shield (1994)

The Glass Shield (1994)

The Glass Shield



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In this crime drama, an honest lawman has to decide where his loyalties lie in a corrupt system. All his life, J.J. (Michael Boatman) has dreamed of being a cop, and after graduating from the Police Academy, he gets his wish, becoming the first African-American policeman based out of Los Angeles' Edgemar station. However, J.J. discovers that his race makes him an outsider among his fellow officers. His presence is not welcomed by his superior, Massey (Richard Anderson), and the only colleague … More

Rating: PG-13 (for intense dramatic material)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Burnett
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2002


as J.J. Johnson

as Deborah Fields

as Teddy Woods

as Greenspan

as Clarence Massey

as Locket

as Deputy Jack Bono

as Deputy Roy Bush

as Mr. Taylor

as Judge Helen Lewis

as Judge Helen Lewis

as District Attorney Ir...

as Carmen Munoz

as Barbara Simms

as Reverend Banks

as Sergeant Chuck Gilmo...

as Sergeant Berry Foste...

as Deputy Kurt Smith

as Deputy Jim Ryan

as Mr. Harold Johnson

as U.S. Marshall

as Coroner

as Mr. Woods

as Paramedic No. 1

as Mrs. Cruz

as Teddy Woods' Girlfri...

as Court Clerk

as Bailiff

as Mrs. Marshall

as Insurance Investigat...

as Jury Foreman

as Mr. Marshall

as Buddy Johnson

as Judge Speck

as Arraignment Lawyer

as Reporter No. 2

as Cyclist

as Reporter No. 1

as Assistant D.A.

as Deputy

as Richard Rodrigo

as Interpreter Castro

as Sheriff Sergeant

as Insurance Investigat...

as The Punk

as Sheriff Sergeant

as Councilman Ross

as Mrs. Johnson

as Investigating Office...
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Critic Reviews for The Glass Shield

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8)

Ambition is something to respect in an artist, but Charles Burnett's police-corruption drama The Glass Shield is such a maladroit piece of filmmaking that its weighty themes and sclerotic tangle of a plot end up making it a trial to sit through.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A powerful moral drama that tries to deal with the racism at the root of many problems in contempo American society.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The movie feels sketchy, as if Burnett chopped the flesh off his screenplay and left us only the bare bones.

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

It's a rigorous, angry piece of work, but it misses out on the psychological depths that have made Burnett's previous films among the glories of recent American independent moviemaking.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

An implausible, wearisome clunker trying to ring true but making only dull thuds.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It has both ideas and a point of view. But the ideas are far from new, and the point of view is blatantly knee-jerk.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Glass Shield

A pretty good Police Drama about how once again the white man has done the black man wrong. Still Story line worth 4 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

the worst ending in movie history

danny d

Super Reviewer


Not sparkling. Very run of the mill.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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