Q & A

1990

Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller

9
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 4466

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Nick Nolte as Captain Michael Brennan
Luis Guzmán as Det. Luis Valentin
Timothy Hutton as Asst. Dist. Atty. Aloysius 'Al' Francis Reilly
Armand Assante as Roberto 'Bobby Tex' Texador
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by videorama-759-859391 8 / 10

Another of Lumet's legacy

And here we are again, with a director we lost too soon. This fine police drama, beautifully polished, and entertaining as f..k, is just another reason. Fine actor, Ruben Blades's music track, rocks, despite difference of opinions, where too, anybody who knocks this film, must have s..t for brains. From the word "Go", this film has you, as bad apple, hots..t detective Brennan, (Nolte) guns down a drug dealer in a stairwell. A legend, especially, from young ambitious D.A, Hutton's view, he's assigned to investigate the shooting. Brennan is not a guy you want to go up against, and Nolte, splendid, shows you what a great character, and amazingly underrated actor he is, and that's from my view. Dragged into this mess, is a drug dealer, Bobby Tex, a bearded beefy Assante in his best acting performance. Hutton slowly becomes suspicious, from hearsay from an old working lawyer friend, that Brennan is dirty. Yes he's really dirty. Bobby Tex's beautiful Puerto Rican's wife, was once dating Hutton's character, where old history is rekindled. Hutton in one parked car scene with her, I'll always remember, explains, about how his white breed parents weren't understanding and accepting of her. It's great to have a scene like this, unrelated to the plot, as it makes for a tender moment, away from the inanity of Nolte's out of control actions. Hutton's past involvement with her, too, puts the wind up Assante, a much earlier scene, near the start of the film, Hutton sets him straight on a threat he makes by use of Assante's own pen. Paul Caulderon too is great as a transvestite, and Assante's bitch. Like State Of Grace, Q and A, is just one of those, just over two hour films, that's just exciting from start to finish, with the right energy. It too, has quite an ugly twist, involving betrayal, that slaps you in the face with a wet fish, or stings you bad. Nolte and Assante must be commended on their top floor performance, and any fan of either of these actors, this is a must see, but the movie is a must see, regardless of that fact. Hutton is good, but has nothing on the other two. How can a director, who made so many good, entertaining, movies, in constant, leave us. But remember this, his gift he left, was the movies he made. Again with the movie poster out, it was still one of those, that missed a run in Adelaide cinemas.

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

more good than bad

Brash and corrupt NYPD detective Mike Brennan (Nick Nolte) tracks down and executes petty criminal Tony Vasquez. Rookie ADA and former cop Al Reilly (Timothy Hutton) is picked by Kevin Quinn for the case. Detectives Luis Valentin (Luis Guzmán) and Sam Chapman (Charles S. Dutton) are the investigators. Brennan claims an open-and-shut self-defense case and Quinn expects a quick exoneration. There are various witnesses including criminal Bobby Tex Texador (Armand Assante) and his wife Nancy Bosch. Nancy is Al's ex who broke up after he didn't react well when introduced to her black father. The self-defense case doesn't add up and Quinn ramps up for a political run.

Everybody is doing their best hard-boiled New Yorker. That and the labyrithium story can overwhelm the movie. Nolte is going for the full Nolte and it's arguably good. Armand Assante and Luis Guzmán doing a song and dance seems unnecessary. Jenny Lumet is possibly the squeaky wheel. Part of that is her character's convenient relationship with Al. I do like the idea but the situation is too convenient. The movie would improve with some simplification. Lumet is jamming so much into the movie that the flow becomes jagged. In addition, the music score is too light. The recurring song 'The Hit' is a bad 80's pop mix. Rubén Blades is infinitely better as an actor. It simply doesn't work for a gritty New York crime drama. Overall, the good stuff outweights the less good stuff. It kinda works for the most part.

Reviewed by Prismark10 8 / 10

Probing the police

Sidney Lumet does what he does best. Tell a story about law and order in New York and look into police corruption.

Timothy Hutton plays Reilly, a young former cop turned assistant district attorney asked by the police commissioner (Patrick O'Neal) to look into the shooting of a Puerto Rican criminal by detective Brennan (Nick Nolte) who claims it was self defence. The commissioner tells him that its an open and shut case and also tells him that if its not in the Q&A then it did not happen.

However Hutton is determined and finds flaws in Brennan's story and the case leads him to a charismatic Puerto Rican crime boss called Bobby Tex (Armand Assante) whose wife was once Hutton's girlfriend until he discovered she was mixed race.

It looks like Brennan is an out of control cop who is trying to get rid of some select criminals on behalf of someone at the top. The commissioner turns out to be a hypocrite as he later tells Hutton that he is taking the Q&A too seriously.

Nolte gives a larger than live performance as the foul mouthed, racist, homophobic, brutish cop who is a legend in the department. The first one through the door and is willing to break the law if necessary. His fellow cops know better to cross him and have to put up with his jibes. However he does not run away with the acting stakes as he is matched by Assante and Hutton.

Assante gives a scene stealing performance as the drug dealer who just wants to get out of the business alive. He knows Brennan is dangerous and frankly he knows too much hence why he wants out. This was an era when Assante looked to have broken through and had a good run of films in the early 1990s.

Timothy Hutton could had been a brat packer in the early 1980s. He was a contemporary of Tom Cruise, Sean Penn but separated from them early on for the simple reason by 1981 he was a best supporting actor Oscar winner. Since then Hutton decided to work with acclaimed directors or make interesting even offbeat films. The result is he might not be as well known today to cinema audiences but he has had a varied filmography.

Here Hutton plays the earnest ADA who is out to cross swords with Brennan but he himself is flawed. His father was a cop and might had been on the take. His treatment of his former girlfriend suggests he might also be a racist himself.

This is a moderately budget, moody, noir thriller. Ruben Blades matches the mood with his soundtrack. Director Sidney Lumet was in the twilight of his career and this was maybe his last great film. Of course he was probably jaded with the criminal justice system by then and you always sense the film has a cynical and depressed air about it. That the system is rotten to the core and cannot be fixed.

Lumet gets his actors to pull out top performances and even some of the minor characters make their mark.

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