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Ricochet (1991)

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A District Attorney is terrorized by the criminal he put away years ago when he was a cop.

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Russell Mulcahy

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Fred Dekker (story), Menno Meyjes (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Nick Styles
John Lithgow ... Earl Talbot Blake
Ice-T ... Odessa (as Ice T)
Kevin Pollak ... Larry Doyle
Lindsay Wagner ... DA Priscilla Brimleigh
Mary Ellen Trainor ... Gail Wallens
Josh Evans ... Kim
Victoria Dillard ... Alice
John Amos ... Reverend Styles
John Cothran ... Councilman Farris (as John Cothran Jr.)
Linda Dona ... Wanda (as Linda Doná)
Matt Landers ... Chief Floyd
Lydell M. Cheshier Lydell M. Cheshier ... R.C.
Starletta DuPois ... Mrs. Styles
Sherman Howard ... Kiley
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Storyline

In this action thriller, Denzel Washington plays Nick Styles, the assistant district attorney of L.A. The film opens in his early days as a cop on the L.A.P.D. During a carnival, master criminal Earl Talbot Blake creates a scene after a botched drug deal. Styles and Blake confront each other, during which Blake is wounded by Styles and later sent to prison. Seven years later, Blake escapes from prison during a parole board hearing to carry out his revenge against Styles, and what follows is a violent series of events that destroys Styles' career. This sets the stage for one last bloody duel between Styles and Blake. Written by Stephen Currence <billyc@erols.com>

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He's a cop accused of murder. And the only man who knows he's innocent is the killer who framed him. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sensuality, and for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ricochet See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,831,181, 6 October 1991

Gross USA:

$21,756,163

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,756,163
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Lithgow almost never blinks during this film. He wore a contact lens to give the impression that his character had a glass eye. See more »

Goofs

There are various times throughout the film that Blake's fogged eye becomes clear. See more »

Quotes

[Nick is trying to persuade Odessa to stop dealing at the Towers]
Nick Styles: Do it for your mother.
Odessa: What about my mother, motherfucker?
Nick Styles: Your mother, nigga! The one that died of a broken heart, praying with my father every night over your sorry ass. The one that buried your kid brother without his head because they couldn't find it. Don't play me, Odessa.
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Alternate Versions

Re-rating in 2007 by the BBFC in the UK waived the cut to the butterfly knife, but still cut the shot of the child-porn magazine. See more »

Connections

References Predator (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Killer
Words and Music by Adamski (as Adam Tinley) and Seal
Published by MCA Music Ltd. Beethoven Street Music, Ltd/Perfect Songs/Virgin Music
Performed by Seal
Courtesy of Sire Records/ZTT Records Ltd./Warner Music U.K. Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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A Deflated Bouncing Ball.
20 June 2005 | by tfrizzellSee all my reviews

Denzel Washington as a district attorney who is hunted and teased by a crazed escaped convict (John Lithgow) that he had put away when he was still a police officer. Crazed and silly action thriller that wastes the talents of its two leads with oddball sequences and twists galore. The supporting cast is no help and the screenplay is way too dumb to generate much interest after a fairly successful start. Lithgow's demented character chews up the scenery and Washington seems somewhat lost himself in the disappointing mixture. Typical would-be cop thriller of the time period that does very little to set itself apart from other works of the type. 2.5 out of 5 stars.


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