Q & A 1990

Q & A

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When veteran cop Captain Michael Brennan (Nick Nolte) shoots a Puerto Rican hood, the crime is made to practically disappear. Witnesses are threatened, and Brennan's brutal reputation ensures silence. Young district attorney Aloysius "Al" Francis Reilly (Timothy Hutton) takes on the case, and must risk everything to prosecute Brennan. The investigation hinges on the testimony of a Puerto Rican drug boss (Armand Assante), who is dating Reilly's ex-girlfriend.

Cast & Crew

Nick Nolte
Captain Lt. Michael 'Mike' Brennan, NYPD
Timothy Hutton
Assistant District Attorney Aloysius 'Al' Francis Reilly
Armand Assante
Roberto 'Bobby Tex' Texador
Patrick O'Neal
Kevin Quinn (Chief of Homicide)
Lee Richardson
Leo Bloomenfeld
Luis Guzmán
Det. Luis Valentin
Charles S. Dutton
Det. Sam "Chappie" Chapman
Jenny Lumet
Nancy Bosch, Mrs. Bobby Texador
Paul Calderone
Roger Montalvo
Edwin Torres
Writer (Book)
Sidney Lumet
Writer (Screenplay)
Lilith Jacobs
Associate Producer
Patrick Wachsberger
Executive Producer
Rubén Blades
Original Music
Ray Evans
Original Song
Jay Livingston
Original Song
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  • Sep 12, 2010
    Q&A is a fairly typical Lumet film in the tradition of Prince of the City, Night in Manhattan, and well, everything else since Serpico (with the notable exception of the brilliant Before the Devil Knows You're Dead). In a lot of ways it seems that Lumet got stuck on this corruption in the force thing and devoted the rest of his career to pounding that theme to death. I'm not denying the importance of his subject, but I've found it very easy to see where his films are going. What's odd is that because I'm such a fan with a broad knowledge of his work, I've found watching his movies for the first time less enjoyable. One good thing about watching these older films (1990 is not that long ago) is I'm reminded of just how good some of these actors were in their prime. Hutton and especially Nolte deliver excellent performances. Last, I did have trouble with the ending. I don't think the final note of the film was developed as the film's principal conflict. Hopefully that was vague enough to avoid giving anything away.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2010
    A powerful gritty well-acted crime drama, brilliantly directed by Sidney Lumet. About a wet-behind-the ears Assistant D.A. superbly played by Timothy Hutton who is assigned by his boss a smoothly villainous Patrick O'Neal, too investigate a killing of Puerto Rican drug dealer, which involves a veteran detective who is corrupt and psychotic, he is played by Nick Nolte in a powerhouse performance. Nolte steals the film hands down, he has never been so brutal and imposing, his foul-mouth maniacal cop is an unstoppable force of evil. O'Neal is a man with unbridled political ambitions and wants Hutton to do a routine by numbers investigation, to get Nolte who is his personal enforcer off the hook, writing up a Q & A with Notle and other principal players, they must fine a fall guy for Nolte. The film is rich with outstanding characterizations by a terrific cast that includes Armand Assante, Lee Richardson, Charles Dutton, Luis Guzman, and Paul Calderon. This is a hard-hitting crime drama that realistically depicts the racism and corruption in the New York City justice system of the early 1990s. Highly Recommended.
    Danny R Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2009
    The acting, the cast, the script, the direction...it's all first class. The problem is that we're supposed to be surprised that politicians are corrupt. There's no shock there. Don't get me wrong, it's a good film, just don't expect to be blown away.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2008
    Good cast and director fails to hit home in this tale of corruption.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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