The third film written and directed by playwright David Mamet, this combination of crime drama and character study stars several of Mamet's stock players. Joe Mantegna stars as Bobby Gold, a detective with a gift for negotiation who, along with his partner Tim Sullivan (William H. Macy), accidentally stumbles upon a crime scene -- the murder of an elderly Jewish woman in her corner store. When it turns out that the victim was politically well-connected and Jewish, Bobby's superiors assign him the case because he's also Jewish. The problem is that Bobby isn't very religious and he resents being taken off a higher profile drug investigation involving a dealer, Randolph (Ving Rhames). Bobby's also highly skeptical when the murdered woman's family claims that her death was not a simple robbery but an anti-Semitic hate crime. As he gets deeper into his case, however, Bobby discovers that a larger conspiracy may be afoot, and he begins to question his own ethnic roots.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama,Action
- Run Time: 100min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 05/14/1995
- DVD Release Date: 09/08/2009
- Distributor(s): Triumph
William H. Macy
- Themes: Mind Games,Work Ethics,Murder Investigations,Discovering One's Heritage,Crisis of Conscience
- Tone: Cerebral,Confrontational,Gritty,Tense,Bleak,Paranoid,Disturbing,Literate
drug-dealer, Jewish, candy-store, conspiracy, ghetto, hate-crime, investigation, murder, partner, police-detective, shopkeeper
- Country of Origin: USA (10-09-1991)
- Language: English