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Homicide (1991)

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Release Date
 USA: Oct 9, 1991

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Running Time
1 hour, 42 minutes

Country USA

Studio Cinehaus, Triumph

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• Homicide

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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Murder, Police, Investigation, Disturbing, Suspense, Psychodrama, Terrorism, Thieves, Revenge, Detectives

Tagline: Bob Gold is a cop. A good cop. But tonight, he will betray his friends, disgrace the force, and commit an act of violence because he believes it is the only right thing to do.

Plot: In HOMICIDE, writer-director David Mamet begins with the cinematic stereotype of the tough cop--Bobby Gold (Joe Mantegna), a detective hot on the heels of a fugitive named Randolph (Ving Rhames). But Gold gets sidetracked when a Jewish family requests that he be assigned to the investigation of their matriarch's murder. It isn't long before the stereotype breaks down and Gold is revealed as a self-hating Jew who has spent his life seeking the approval of tough guys, having gone so far as to become one himself. Meanwhile, the case leads him to discover a clandestine war between an anti-Semitic group and a Zionist league--which calls on Gold to ignore his duty as a cop and remember his duty as a Jew. As in other Mamet films (especially THE SPANISH PRISONER), Gold is a hero who scratches the surface one day, only to discover that the world is far more complicated than he ever imagined and that he must make moral choices he never planned on making. Perennial Mamet actors Rebecca Pidgeon, William H. Macy, and Ricky Jay lend support in minor but pivotal roles.

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 Directed by
David Mamet
Spartan, State and Main, Heist
 Written by
David Mamet
Hannibal, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Edge
Joe Mantegna
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William H. Macy
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Vincent Guastaferro
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J.J. Johnston
Fatal Attraction, State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner
Jack Wallace
State and Main, House of Games, Mad Dog and Glory
Lionel Mark Smith
Spartan, The Mod Squad, King of the Ants
Roberta Custer
Bleacher Bums
 Music By
Alaric Jans
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