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Q & A (1990)

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A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty ... See full summary »

Director:

Sidney Lumet (as Alan Smithee: television prints)

Writers:

Edwin Torres (book), Sidney Lumet (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Nolte ... Mike Brennan
Timothy Hutton ... Al Reilly
Armand Assante ... Bobby Texador
Patrick O'Neal ... Kevin Quinn
Lee Richardson ... Leo Bloomenfeld
Luis Guzmán ... Luis Valentin (as Luis Guzman)
Charles S. Dutton ... Sam Chapman (as Charles Dutton)
Jenny Lumet ... Nancy Bosch
Paul Calderon ... Roger Montalvo
International Chrysis International Chrysis ... Jose Malpica
Dominic Chianese ... Larry Pesch (as Dominick Chianese)
Leonardo Cimino ... Nick Petrone
Fyvush Finkel ... Preston Pearlstein
Gustavo Brens Gustavo Brens ... Alfonse Segal
Martin E. Brens Martin E. Brens ... Armand Segal
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Storyline

A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuses to help him in this gritty crime film. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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When the questions are dangerous, the answers can be deadly.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 April 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tödliche Fragen See more »

Filming Locations:

New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,816,605, 29 April 1990

Gross USA:

$11,207,891

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,207,891
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the gay club dressing room where Bobby Texador, his wife and bodyguards are meeting Roger Montalvo, "I Love Paul C." is written and circled on the message board directly behind Montalvo, played by Paul Calderon. See more »

Goofs

Chief Quinn asks ADA Reilly why he did not attend St. John's Law School. Hutton says his father didn't like the Jesuits. St. John's University is not a Jesuit institution. It is conducted by the Vincentians. See more »

Quotes

Captain Lt. Michael 'Mike' Brennan, NYPD: You're the whitest black man I know, Chappy.
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The Hit
1989
Performed by Rubén Blades. Album "Nothing But The Truth." Opening, Closing and Recurring Song and Theme in Q & A Theme
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A Great Film!
12 March 2012 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Based on a novel by New York judge Edwin Torres', 'Q & A' is A Great Film, that ranks amongst Sidney Lumet's Best Films. The Late Legendary Filmmaker handles this gritty, violent & disturbing film, with top-notch creativity. Also, the performances, are fabulous!

'Q & A' Synopsis: A young district attorney seeking to prove a case against a corrupt police detective, encounters a former lover and her new protector, a crime boss who refuse to help him.

'Q & A' is gritty, violent, disturbing & yet captivating. The Drama unfolds with flourish & holds your attention efficiently. Sidney Lumet's Direction is Top-Notch. His handling of this difficult film, truly deserves distinction marks. It's amongst his best works as a storyteller!

Performance-Wise: Nick Nolte stands out. The Legendary Actor delivers a fantastic performance as the filthy mouthed, corrupted cop. Timothy Hutton is first-rate. Armand Assante is terrific. He too plays a bad-guy & he's menacing as well. Patrick O'Neal is superb. Jenny Lumet leaves a mark.

On the whole, 'Q & A' is a must see film.


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