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Q&A (1990)

MPAA Rating: R

Details Movie Rated: R; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Timothy Hutton, Sidney Lumet and Nick Nolte

Sidney Lumet's police movie, Q&A is an epic portrait of an urban-bureaucratic nightmare. It's about a criminal-justice system so saturated with cronyism and rancor that it's beginning to strangle itself. Nick Nolte gives a performance of enormous brilliance as Mike Brennan, a treacherous NYPD rogue at the heart of a homicide cover-up. The movie has flaws, but it's a complex vision of urban racism and corruption — Lumet's darkest, most labyrinthine drama yet. A-

Originally posted Oct 05, 1990 Published in issue #34 Oct 05, 1990 Order article reprints

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