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The Last of the Finest (1990)

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4 LA cops are fighting the war on drugs. Corrupt superiors manage to break up their team when one of them gets killed. The 3 quit LAPD and continue investigating.

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John Mackenzie

Writers:

Jere Cunningham (story), Jere Cunningham (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Frank Daly
Joe Pantoliano ... Wayne Gross
Jeff Fahey ... Ricky Rodriguez
Bill Paxton ... Howard 'Hojo' Jones
Michael C. Gwynne ... Anthony Reece
Henry Stolow Henry Stolow ... Stant
Guy Boyd ... R.J. Norringer
Henry Darrow ... Captain Joe Torres
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Calvert
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Linda Daly
Lisa Jane Persky ... Harriet Gross
Patricia Clipper Patricia Clipper ... Rose
Michele Little ... Anita
Susannah Kelly Susannah Kelly ... Daly Baby
Sheila Kelly Sheila Kelly ... Daly Baby
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Storyline

An elite group of vice cops are fired from the L.A.P.D. for being over-zealous in their war against drugs. It is immediately apparent that some of their superiors are involved in the drug ring. Banded together, four of the banned cops (which quickly becomes three when one is killed early) band together to fight the drug ring undercover. They gain capital for weapons by ripping off minor drug dealers. Then well-armed they go after the kingpin (Boyd). Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Four honest cops are getting too close to a crime they aren't supposed to solve. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Legal See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,531,489
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director John Mackenzie performed an uncredited rewrite on the script. It is believed that most of the political intrigue element and the humanistic touches in the characters were his work. See more »

Quotes

Frank Daly: Don't call Rick's father a spic
Wayne Gross: I didn't call his old man a *spic*... I called him a *mick*
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References Late Night with David Letterman (1982) See more »

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Fair for the Action Genre
25 April 2004 | by eddy-28See all my reviews

The Last of the Finest, also released as Street Legal, is a fair action film from 1990, starring Brian Dennehy as Officer Frank Daly of the LAPD, and he and his fellow officers (Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Fahey and Bill Paxton) are up aganist a drug operaton headed by a US Government agent (Guy Boyd). After the investigation grows cold, Daly is forced to turn in his badge, but he takes matters into his own hands and also doesn't realize that his former police captain (Henry Darrow) is also apart of the operation. After Bill Paxton's character is killed, Daly does what any honest cop would, to bring justice back, or let the Government get away with the crime. Director John MacKenzie tries to build up a good cop story, but seems to rely mostly on tongue in check, not to mention some slow moving scenes, without action or adventure. However the ending showdown on a Los Angeles football field was pretty good, the helicopter crash looked rather authentic. But like most early 90's action films, The Last of the Finest is an average film most of us have probably seen.


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