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Internal Affairs (1990)

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Release Date
 USA: Jan 12, 1990
DVD Release Date
 R1: Mar 9, 1999

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Running Time
1 hour, 55 minutes

Country USA

Studio Paramount

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Other Titles
• Internal Affairs
• Internal Affairs - Trau' ihm, er ist ein Cop (1990)

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Genre: Crime, Thriller, Suspense, Revenge, Thieves, Investigation, Police, Infidelity, Drugs, Murder, Buddies, Disturbing

Tagline: Trust him... he's a cop.

Plot: The plot of INTERNAL AFFAIRS is simple and familiar--good guy Raymond Avila (Andy Garcia) works for the internal affairs division of the LAPD and has to take down Dennis Peck (Richard Gere), a corrupt officer. The twist is that the film is really about social change in America. Gere plays Peck as an iconoclastic force of nature; he charms everyone he meets, runs the force by trading favors and protecting his own, and has eight kids with four wives. He sees himself as a throwback to an older notion of manhood and professional effectiveness. Avila, on the other hand, is a hero but also--as Peck calls him--a yuppie, seeking promotion in the internal affairs division and involved in a childless marriage with a successful museum curator (Nancy Travis). As Peck pushes Avila's buttons, the situation is further complicated by Avila's Latin temper--a kind of suppressed, true ethnic self that increasingly reveals itself as the two men's struggle reaches a primal level. British director Mike Figgis is an outsider looking in, and his ideas about American society are to some extent generalizations, but nevertheless they have the ring of truth in this intense cop fable.

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 Directed by
Mike Figgis
Leaving Las Vegas, Cold Creek Manor, Timecode
 Written by
Henry Bean
Basic Instinct 2, Running Brave, Risk Addiction
Richard Gere
Chicago, Pretty Woman, The Jackal
Andy Garcia
Ocean's Eleven, The Untouchables, Ocean's Twelve
Nancy Travis
Three Men and a Baby, So I Married an Axe Murderer, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Laurie Metcalf
Toy Story, Toy Story 2, JFK
William Baldwin
Backdraft, Flatliners, Sliver
Michael Beach
The Abyss, Lean on Me, One False Move
Faye Grant
Drive Me Crazy, V, January Man
 Music By
Mike Figgis
Leaving Las Vegas, Cold Creek Manor, Timecode
Brian Banks
Young Guns, Graveyard Shift
Anthony Marinelli
15 Minutes, Young Guns, 2 Days in the Valley

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