Homicide (1991 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Mamet
Written byDavid Mamet
Produced by
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited byBarbara Tulliver
Music byAlaric Jans
Distributed byTriumph Films
Release date
  • October 9, 1991 (1991-10-09) (U.S.)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$11 million[1]
Box office$2,971,661 (US/Canada)

Homicide is an American crime 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.[2]


Bobby Gold is a homicide detective on the trail of Robert Randolph, 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 happen upon a murder scene: the elderly Jewish owner of a candy store in a 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 is 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 inability to fit 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. Gold is thrust into a series of circumstances that test not only his loyalty to the badge, but also his newfound Jewish consciousness.



Roger Ebert praised it, giving it four stars out of four.[3] As of March 2020, the film holds a rating of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 23 reviews.[4]

Home media[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.


  1. ^ "Fox Pushing 'Hard' Bow Back 2 Weeks". Daily Variety. May 14, 1990. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Homicide". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2009-08-09.
  3. ^ "Homicide". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2013-09-29.
  4. ^ "Homicide (1991)". www.rottentomatoes.com.

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