Lumet returned to a favorite subject—corruption inside the New York City Police Department — for this blistering adaptation of the novel by Carlito’s Way author (and New York Supreme Court Justice) Edwin Torres.
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Entretenido ejercicio de cine negro, a pesar de ser una de las obras menores de Lumet, se sostiene por el buen reparto. Lo mejor, sin duda, los creditos iniciales: la escena de sexo protagonizada por una Jenniffer Connelly pre-A Beautiful Mind (o sea, cuando solamente la contrataban para aparecer como el culito en turno) desquita la compra en DVD.
Very tight in its rhythm and in spite of a predictable plot, Lumet's film delivers another crime drama that could not find a better apostle of police corruption than Nick Nolte, whose towering performance offers a masterful dissection of patronage within and outside the precinct. The entire ensemble (Assayas in particular) is also very good in a film further uplifted by the melodic tunes of Rubén Blades.
In this movie, director Sidney Lumet showed us the dirty side of law. In this case police & legal entity. Q & A is exciting, thrilling, and provocative. Mr. Lumet makes it better with his directorial skill. Q & A has a solid storytelling. It also adds some racial issues in its screenplay. The characterization was GREAT. Nick Nolte's performance is EVERYTHING. I loved its cinematography. The soundtrack is also AMAZING
Solid script and acting. Another cop corruption story but this time with interesting and ambivalent characters, Lumet, as usual : clever, never tries to show off his directing skills, and takes his time to make the best of this Q&A. His naive "hero" is a great character and the way communities do not really mix proves the great american dream of integration to be an illusion.
(...)Rassismus ist nicht einfach das, was im Affekt so dahergeredet wird. Es geht um Loyalitäten. Jeder in der New Yorker Polizei benutzt einen bestimmten Slang, um dazuzugehören: Zu den Iren, den Italienern oder den Hispanics. Das ist sogar verständlich, denn draussen tobt ein Krieg. Der Chief (Patrick O'Neal) glaubt, dass dieser Krieg ausgetragen wird zwischen den Ordnungshütern und denen, die New York zerstören(..
Strong cop drama from Lumet that ambitiously and courageously stitches together corruption with racism in New York city law enforcement and politics. Really a bold work that is clunky at times but forgiven cause of the scope and some good performances, mainly from Nolte and Assante. This is the NY that many of us grew up knowing, how race was dealt with and how everything always smelled corrupt. 3.5