No Mercy (1986)



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In this rip-roaring thriller a Chi-town cop heads for the Big Easy to look for those who murdered his partner and ends up involved with the killer's Cajun lover.
R (adult situations/language)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Richard Gere
as Eddie Jillette
Kim Basinger
as Michel Duval
George Dzundza
as Capt. Stemkowski
Gary Basaraba
as Joe Collins
William Atherton
as Allan Deveneux
Terry Kinney
as Paul Deveneux
Bruce McGill
as Lt. Hall
Ray Sharkey
as Angles Ryan
Marita Geraghty
as Alice Collins
Ray Brown
as Benny Blue
Kim Chan
as Old Asian Man
Carl Gordon
as Lawrence
John Snyder
as Miles
Caris Corfman
as Waitress
Pearl Jones
as Blind Woman
John Schluter
as Policeman
Harold Evans
as Security Guard
Leon Rippy
as Man #2
Bill Hart
as Man #3
Charles S. Dutton
as Sgt. Sandy
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Critic Reviews for No Mercy

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

A passionate film noir that depends heavily upon Mr. Gere to give it credence, and Mr. Gere delivers.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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An above-average film noir, and its creepy feeling for the back streets of New Orleans and the sultry evil of its red-light suburbs got under my skin.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Count me among those who would be happy never to see another starring role for Gere, except maybe as Felix in a remake of The Odd Couple.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

A standard-issue cop thriller that amounts to Beverly Hills Cop in a bad mood.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Pearce pads out his plot with lots of borrowed bits ... but the borrowings don't have any resonance of their own: they simply hang on the story like empty thematic husks.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Gere is convincing and makes it watchable.

Full Review… | June 11, 2015
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Audience Reviews for No Mercy

A truly great film --- script, cast, direction, photography --- all superb --- though --- definitely not for the tea and cake set. Richard Gere shines --- Kim Basinger is outstanding --- Jeroen Krabbe is brutal. A very well told tale of violence, revenge, love --- that rivets your attention from first to final scene. A definite must see.


An average thriller down graded due to some clumsy dialogue and sub-par acting. Occasionally it slips through the cracks with a good suspenseful/action packed moment but they're far and few between.

Andrew Lawson
Andrew Lawson

On the surface, this film, which I like, is like dozens of other revenge-the-death-of-a-cop-partner stories. But the saving grace of the movie is the characters, and some of the dialogue. Spoilers in the following Eddie Jilette is a tough cop. A tough Chicago cop. But what distinguishes the film that his Captain is tougher and nastier. In a later scene in the film, the captain and Eddie are in an airport where, in the Men's washroom, after making sure that they're alone, the captain gives Eddie a weapon to kill the villain, and expects him to use it. In most such films, a tough cop usually has a captain who's either a politician or a wimp. How refreshing! The film also has a nice touch. Eddie rents all the rooms of a hotel in Algiers. The only inhabitants were the clerk and a cat. Eddie tells the clerk to beat it, because he's expecting a showdown battle there. Shortly before the battle commences, we see the cat leave the building. One I've watched several times and one that's in my library.

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