Homicide (1991 film)

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Homicide
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Movie poster for Homicide
Directed by David Mamet
Produced by Michael Hausman
Edward R. Pressman
Written by David Mamet
Starring Joe Mantegna
William H. Macy
Music by Alaric Jans
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Edited by Barbara Tulliver
Distributed by Triumph Releasing Corporation
Release dates
  • October 9, 1991 (1991-10-09) (U.S.)
Running time 102 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,971,661 (US)

Homicide is a crime-drama film written and directed by David Mamet, and released in 1991. The film's cast includes Joe Mantegna, William H. Macy, and Ving Rhames. It was entered in the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Plot[edit]

Bobby Gold (Mantegna) is an inner-city homicide detective on the trail of Robert Randolph (Rhames), a drug-dealer and cop-killer on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. En route to nab an accomplice of Randolph, Gold and his partner Tim Sullivan (Macy) happen upon a murder scene: the elderly Jewish owner of a candy store in a black ghetto has been gunned down, reportedly for a fortune hidden in her basement. The deceased woman's son, a doctor, uses his clout to have Gold assigned to the case in the belief that Gold, himself Jewish, might be empathetic to his plight. Gold, however, seems to disregard his ethnicity, and beyond that, he's irritated about being pulled off a much higher-profile case. Ultimately, though, this is offset by interactions with members of the Jewish community that play on Gold's feelings of inadequacy and incapability of fitting in.

A nighttime survey of the crime scene uncovers an important piece of the woman's past, and Gold's reluctance turns to curiosity, leading to the discovery of a Zionist organization operating in the city. The apparent power and sense of pride these people have is appealing to Gold, and he attempts to become a part of their group. As the film reaches its climax, Gold is thrust into a series of circumstances that test not only his loyalty to the badge, but also his newfound Jewish consciousness.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film currently holds a 63% 'fresh' rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.[2]Roger Ebert praised it, giving it four stars out of four.[3]

Home video releases[edit]

The film was released on VHS in 1992.

On September 8, 2009, the film was given a DVD release by The Criterion Collection. This director-approved release included an audio commentary with Mamet and Macy, as well as cast interviews and a gag reel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Homicide". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  2. ^ Homicide - Rotten Tomatoes. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-09-29
  3. ^ "Homicide". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 

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