Ricochet (1991)

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In this fingernail-biting suspense film, a young cop (Denzel Washington) busts an infamous psycho who, when in prison, becomes totally devoted to avenging his incarceration by evening the score with his captor. When the psycho killer escapes, he is after Washington.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Written By:
In Theaters:
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Studio:
HBO Video

Cast

Denzel Washington
as Nick Styles
John Lithgow
as Earl Talbot Blake
Ice-T
as Odessa
Kevin Pollak
as Larry Doyle
Lindsay Wagner
as Priscilla Brimleigh
Mary Ellen Trainor
as Gail Wallens
John Amos
as Rev. Styles
Linda Dona
as Wanda
Matt Landers
as Chief Floyd
Starletta DuPois
as Mrs. Styles
Jesse Ventura
as Chewalski
Viveka Davis
as Babysitter
Rick Cramer
as Jesse
Don Perry
as Book Man
Tom Finnegan
as Desk Sergeant
Mark Phelan
as Prison Doctor
Albie Selznick
as Blake's Lawyer
Frank Miller
as Parole Board Chairman
Anita Barone
as Waitress
Betty Carvalho
as Female Board Member
Leonard O. Turner
as Committee Chairman
Irene Forrest
as Cleaning Woman
Holly Kaplan
as Connie
Michele Landry
as Telethon Worker
Heidi Thomas
as Reporter
Robert Steinberg
as Reporter
Susan Lentini
as Reporter
Cylk Cozart
as Reporter
James Ishida
as Reporter
Lisa Hunter
as Reporter
Lisa Nelson
as Reporter
Ivan E. Roth
as City Hall Worker
John Rubinow
as ER Doctor
Tim De Zarn
as Skinhead
George Christy
as Talk Show Host
K. Todd Freeman
as Talk Show Guest
Robert Steinberg
as Reporter
Frank A Miller
as Parole Board Chairman
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Critic Reviews for Ricochet

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

A taut, twisty urban suspenser powered by the spring-loaded performance of Denzel Washington in his first major action role, Ricochet has a nasty streak and a tendency toward implausible excess.

Full Review… | January 6, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

Mulcahy's slasher-thriller manages to be as entertaining as it is improbable and violent.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The screenplay, by Steven E. de Souza, contains many glib, obscene wisecracks, plus the misinformation that Anna Karenina was Tolstoy's first book.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

As with other Silver-smithed projects, this one is almost frighteningly competent at bashing heads and pushing all the right buttons.

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

A brutally entertaining film.

Full Review… | January 6, 2010
TV Guide

Dynamite action. This is a good bet for a night with the lads. And weedy girlies can at least wake up every ten minutes when Denz takes his top off.

Full Review… | January 6, 2010
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Ricochet

Can it really be 20 years ago this film hit the big screen? Denzel buddy you are getting old. The only bad thing about this movie is that it comes in Letterbox format. can someone tell me the reason behind this worthless format. The movie itself is one that put Denzel over the top. Don't thnk it would go over well in todays society with a half naked Dad running to a childrens program with a gun in his hand,, he'd be shot before he hit the stage no questions asked. Full of excitement and thrills amd John Lithgow is a crazy man. 4 Stars 2-17-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

One of Washington's earlier performance, back when he obviously still had to resort to showing off his body and looks for the role. Not quite the standard of film we expect from the now popular Actor, but you can certainly see the beginnings of the Actor he has become today. Personally I feel John Lithgow was a poor choice as co-star and this film could have been a lot better with a better quality of Actor. I did enjoy the mind games and plot reminded me much of that of Cape Fear. Watchable, but felt very dated.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Strange revenge movie.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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