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The Glass Shield (1994)

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Original title: Glass Shield, The

Release Date
• USA: Jun 2, 1995
DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 12, 2002

Running Time
1 hour, 49 minutes

Country France, USA

Production Companies
CiBy 2000, Miramax Films

Studio CiBy 2000

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Other Titles
• The Glass Shield (1994)
• The Johnny Johnson Trial

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Police, Suspense, Detectives, Courtroom, True Story, Disturbing, Murder

Tagline: In a world filled with violence... his only weapon is the truth!

Plot: With THE GLASS SHIELD, acclaimed director Charles Burnett (KILLER OF SHEEP, TO SLEEP WITH ANGER) tackles the problematic issue of racism within the police force. J.J. Johnson (Michael Boatman) has wanted to be a cop ever since he was a kid. And now that he's just been promoted to the position of deputy in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Office, he's going to learn what being a police officer is really all about. As the first black deputy in Edgemar’s all-white Sheriff's station, he must learn to adapt if his new assignment is going to work out. Befriending the station’s only other minority, the Jewish, female Deborah Fields (Lori Petty), J.J. soon realizes it's impossible to "get along" or be one of the "good guys" when police brutality, political corruption and rampant racism reign supreme. After discovering that a man he has helped to indict (played with ferocious intensity by Ice Cube) is, in fact, the victim of a monumental cover up, J.J. risks his future by butting heads with the powers that be. Shelved after conflict erupted between Burnett and the film’s distributor, Miramax, THE GLASS SHIELD remains a provocative, tense thriller that addresses its sensitive subject matter with grace and intelligence.

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 Directed by
Charles Burnett
To Sleep with Anger, The Wedding, Selma, Lord, Selma
 Written by
Charles Burnett
To Sleep with Anger, The Wedding, Selma, Lord, Selma
Wanda De Jesus
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Elliott Gould
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Ice Cube
Three Kings, Anaconda, Boyz n the Hood
Michael Ironside
Starship Troopers, Top Gun, The Perfect Storm
Lori Petty
A League of Their Own, Point Break, Free Willy
M. Emmet Walsh
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Erich Anderson
Unfaithful, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Nightwatch
 Music By
Stephen James Taylor
Why Do Fools Fall In Love, Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation, Teacher's Pet

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