A Show of Force

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A Show of Force
A Show of Force VideoCover.jpeg
DVD cover of the film
Directed byBruno Barreto
Produced byJohn Strong
Screenplay byEvan Jones
John Strong
Based onMurder Under Two Flags
by Anne Nelson
Music byGeorges Delerue
Edited byHenry Richardson
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • May 11, 1990 (1990-05-11)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$152,982 (USA)

A Show of Force is a 1990 American thriller drama film directed by Bruno Barreto. The film is based on events and theories surrounding the Maravilla Hill case in Puerto Rico adapted from Anne Nelson's book, Murder Under Two Flags.


In 1978, Kate Melendez (Amy Irving) is a television news reporter who investigates the mysterious deaths of two radical Puerto Rican activists. The government claims they were terrorists while others claim the two were merely student activists. Despite threats to her own life, Melendez investigates the deaths, gradually leading her to conclude that undercover American agents were responsible for framing the activists as terrorists, and then murdering them.


Actor Role
Amy Irving Kate Melendez
Andy García Luis Angel Mora
Lou Diamond Phillips Jesus Fuentes
Robert Duvall Howard
Kevin Spacey Frank Curtin
Erik Estrada Machado
Jorge Castillo Nestor Chavez
Lupe Ontiveros Pepita

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