Q & A (1990)

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In this suspenseful aciton thriller a bad-to-the-bone renegade cop kills a drug dealer and tries to cover up his wrong-doing by making it look as if he was only protecting himself. The trouble really begins when the assistant D.A. assigned the case disobeys orders to clear the cop and begins snooping around.
Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
TriStar Pictures

Cast

Timothy Hutton
as Aloysius 'Al' Francis Reilly
Nick Nolte
as Capt. Michael Brennan
Armand Assante
as Roberto 'Bobby Tex' Texador
Patrick O'Neal
as Kevin Quinn
Lee Richardson
as Leo Bloomenfeld
Luis Guzman
as Detective Luis Valentin
Charles S. Dutton
as Detective Sam Chapman
Jenny Lumet
as Nancy Bosch
Paul Calderon
as Roger Montalvo
International Chrysis
as Jose Malpica
Dominic Chianese
as Larry Pesch
Leonard Cimino
as Nick Petrone
Leo Cimino
as Nick Petrone
Fyvush Finkel
as Preston Pearlstein
Gustavo Brens
as Alfonse Segal
Martin E. Brens
as Armand Segal
Maurice Schell
as Detective Zucker
Drew Elliot
as Magnus
John Capodice
as Hank Mastroangelo
Anibal O. Lleras
as "After Hours" Patron
Frederick Rolf
as District Attorney
Hal Lehrman
as Altshul
Gloria Irizarry
as Mrs. Bosch
Brian Neill
as Sylvester/Sophia
Drew Eliot
as Magnus
Frank Raiter
as Seabury
Harry Madsen
as Tony Vasquez
Jerry Ciauri
as Bruno Valli
George Kodisch
as Inspector Flynn
Cynthia O'Neal
as Agnes Quinn
Victor Colicchio
as `After Hours' Alvarado
David Dill
as Bartender
Alex Ruiz
as Danny
Edward Rogers III
as Jose's Apartment Detective
Junior Perez
as Nancy Captain
Javier Ríos
as Boat Lover
Jose Rafael Arango
as "After Hours" Patron
Sonny Vito
as Gino
Olga Merediz
as Mrs. Valentin
Danny Darrow
as Phone Investigator
Jose Collazo
as Fisherman
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Critic Reviews for Q & A

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

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Full Review… | December 2, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Q & A is testimony to the validity of the old adage: a good story, when well told, can never be told too many times.

Full Review… | August 10, 2008
ReelViews
Top Critic

While this tough, fundamentally sound New York thriller has its moments, it's no Prince of the City.

Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

''Q and A'' is most memorable for its performances, beginning with Mr. Nolte's.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Unfortunately, Lumet isn't the brawny social commentator he would like to be -- he's a Jimmy Breslin manque'.

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

Q&A is a major film by one of our finest mainstream directors. As both a portrait of modern-day corruption and an act of sheer storytelling bravura, it is not to be missed.

Full Review… | April 26, 1990
Entertainment Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Q & A

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 Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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 Rovira
Danny Rovira

Super Reviewer

½

Nick Nolte plays a greasy smell bad racist cop, who tries to intimidate Timothy Hutton. Justice is served to the pig.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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