Q & A Movie Review Summary

Actors: Nick Nolte, Timothy Hutton, Armand Assante, Patrick O'Neal, Luis Guzmán,Charles Dutton

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Q & A is a movie written and directed by Sidney Lumet in 1990. This film is based on a novel by Edwin Torres.
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Al Reilly's first case as assistant District Attorney is the case of Detective Mike Brennan. Brennan has just killed a drug dealer named Tony Vasquez. Before the arrival of his colleagues on the crime scene, Brennan, using intimidation, has convinced two witnesses that Vasquez carried a gun and was aiming at him at the moment of the shooting.

At first, Reilly is impressed by Brennan's status as a living legend of the NYPD criminal department and simply takes note of Brennan's statement without asking for more details. But, after having listened to the witnesses, Reilly starts to have some doubts about Brennan's version. Soon, Reilly, as well as Brennan, are intensively searching for Roger Montalvo, a female impersonator, who was the one who tipped off Brennan about Vasquez. Both will finally find Montalvo in Puerto Rico. Will Brennan manage to kill the only person who could testify against him before Reilly can bring back Montalvo to NYC ?
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 70%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Legal/Political Thriller?    -   Yes Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Criminal enemy is...    -   law enforcement gone bad Legal Thriller Plotlets:    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   asphyxiation    -   flamed    -   perforation--bullets    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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