That little branch of the police force that polices the police. Under scrutiny is the master himself, Richard Gere, who looks mighty fine in a police uniform. The investigator is Andy Garcia, who would look fine in or out of uniform.
Gere is on the take, running a successful, if illegal, side business dealing with the corrupt of L.A. Laundering his fortune through his ex-wives (4 of them) keeps his wallet fairly clean. Nevertheless, Garcia smells a rotten apple. He is met with resistance, though, by superiors since Gere appears the shining star on paper.
Instead, the higher-ups tell Garcia to investigate Gere's partner, William Baldwin, who, for some reason, has taken to settling his arrests with his fists. Baldwin doesn't seem to limit his anger to just criminals though and is striking out at everyone he meets. Including his wife, Faye Grant, another of Gere's afternoon conquests.
Grant tells Gere that Baldwin is going to blow his cover with Garcia, so Gere has him killed, bringing Garcia even closer. And I'm not going on to the ending.
What could have been a decent bad' policeman film turns into incredulous as you try to believe Gere capable of all he does in the movie. You never really see him doing his police' duties, yet he is lauded as one of the most productive' on the force. Then toss in his under cover activities as master criminal, another full-time job; bedding half the eligible and ineligible women in LA; squiring around his 4 ex-wives and brood of children - just how many hours are in HIS day anyway?
Nancy Travis and Laurie Metcalf are always a nice addition to any movie, adding decent supporting role and giving some flesh and blood to a movie. Garcia always brings a good deal of fire to his parts. He gets pretty riled in this one and you can see those sparks flying from his eyes.
Laden with so many stories with the story, this isn't a movie necessarily sought out,but you won't feel disappointed by watching it if you stumble across it. Some blood, some gore and oh yeah, some nudity and sex.
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