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Homicide

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1991
  • David Mamet
  • 96 mins
  • 15

Summary

Crime thriller starring Joe Mantegna. While working with his partner on a high-profile drugs case, homicide detective Bob Gold is forced to investigate the murder of a wealthy Jewish shopkeeper who, according to her family, was the victim of an anti-Semitic conspiracy. Gold, himself a Jew, is anxious to return to the drugs assignment, but uncovers some disturbing evidence when he begins investigating the family's claims.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

David Mamet's third outing as writer/director is a tough look at racial prejudice inside and outside the police force. Much of the look and feel of the picture derives from the style of Sidney Lumet, who directed Mamet's script of The Verdict in 1982. Mamet's roots as a playwright are evident in some scenes, which are overwritten, but there's no denying the power of the whole piece as Joe Mantegna's Jewish cop investigates murder and a drug cartel, and encounters organised anti-Semitism and an underground Jewish resistance movement. Its conclusions are bleak, yet reaching them makes for absorbing viewing.

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Credits

Cast

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Bob GoldJoe Mantegna
Tim SullivanWilliam H Macy
ChavaNatalija Nogulich
RandolphVing Rhames
Lieutenant SennaVincent Guastaferro
Ms KleinRebecca Pidgeon
Jilly CurranJ J Johnston
FrankJack Wallace
Charlie OlcottLionel Mark Smith
BenjaminAdolph Mall

Crew

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DirectorDavid Mamet

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros Pictures Ltd
Released on
1991-10-25
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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