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Internal Affairs

Richard Gere , Andy Garcia , Mike Figgis    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Going Toe To Toe April 30 2004
Format:DVD
Fresh off his supporting roles in Black Rain and The Untouchables, actor Andy Garcia teamed with Richard Gere, in a thriller for director Mike Figgis. The end result is a solid film, that is able to rise above its cliches, thanks to its cast.
Raymond Avila (Garcia) works for the internal affairs division of the LAPD and has been assigned to investigate Dennis Peck (Gere), a corrupt officer. The two men circle each other, like hunter and prey, certain that each will take the other down. It's discovered that the stakes get more personal when Peck uses Avila's wife Kathleen (Nancy Travis), and his partner Amy (Laurie Metcalf), as a way to get him off the trail.
Figgis plays the movie like a boxing match as the two leads go head to head. Gere plays it Peck like a total scumbag. He's a smooth operator--who happens to have a God complex. He is so sure of himself that he's bold enough to have 4 wives and eight kids. But as horrible as the character is, he plays it so well that, despite that, he's also quite magnetic. Also, by now, Garcia has come into his own as an actor and is able to hold his own. Some of the script suffers a bit from a stale smell. Thankfully, Gere and Garcia keep your attention throughout the movie, to soften those issues.
The DVD may not have any extras, but it is overflowing with enough of everthing else--all in all--for me to recommend this film.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't 'Faire' well with me May 28 2003
Format:DVD
Internal Affairs is nothing more than an early 90's B Movie gone bad. Richard Gere may have had his worst performance in his career, and Andy Garcia definitely did.
Why people are so drawn to this movie is beyond me. Maybe I missed something, but I don't think so. Sex played a vital role in the movie, and to me, there was nothing steamy about it. It just sizzled right out.
Gere and Garcia so obviously walked through their parts and they must have needed the money, because they were just jokes. Garcia was incredibly stiff. There was no emotion in his character until the end, and even then it was mild. Gere was awful as the "villain". He's obviously progressed immensely as an actor.
The directing was just plain bad. It seemed the actors didn't know what to do for moments in the movie. There were awkward silences and pauses that were either put into the film on purpose for some insane reason or the actors had nothing better to do.
Internal Affairs is a complete disaster with storybook qualities. Don't waste your time with this mess. 2 Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my faves Feb. 20 2003
By Omni
Format:VHS Tape
What makes thsi movie so good is the mind war going on between Andy Garcia and Richard Gere's characters. Garcia is tryign to unravel the labyrinthe of villainy and insanity that Gere has created as a corrupt cop. Gere is actually at first tickled that he's under investigation (thru his young partner Billy Baldwin) because he controls so much of his life. Multiple women/wives all living together, lots of kids, drug money, police power. But when Garcia of Internal Affairs starts getting too close Gere actually sets up a seduction of his wife that looks like one thing, is another thing and leads up to a very erotic, emotional scene between Garcia and his wife. Laurie metlcalf also plays a lesbian cop who Garcia briefly butts heads with as they team up. The nice thing about this movie is how everyone makes sense as a character and no one is entirely comfortable with the other characters. Loyalty is shown as a natural growth and betrayal a likely outcome. Very mature, strong film from gere, who makes an effort it seems to choose characters that have an internalworld going on that the watcher has to fathom about as he slowly lets possibilities, concepts slip out of what the motivations may be. Garcia is fantastic too. An incredible actor himself who chooses movies that allow his sublte, slightly repressed intensity to boil to the surface. Garcia, I hate comparisons, is very much like Al Pacino of the 70's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Film, Great Story and Action Oct. 4 2002
By Omni
Format:VHS Tape
What makes thsi movie so good is the mind war going on between Andy Garcia and Richard Gere's characters. Garcia is tryign to unravel the labyrinthe of villainy and insanity that Gere has created as a corrupt cop. Gere is actually at first tickled that he's under investigation (thru his young partner Billy Baldwin) because he controls so much of his life. Multiple women/wives all living together, lots of kids, drug money, police power. But when Garcia of Internal Affairs starts getting too close Gere actually sets up a seduction of his wife that looks like one thing, is another thing and leads up to a very erotic, emotional scene between Garcia and his wife. Laurie metlcalf also plays a lesbian cop who Garcia briefly butts heads with as they team up. The nice thing about this movie is how everyone makes sense as a character and no one is entirely comfortable with the other characters. Loyalty is shown as a natural growth and betrayal a likely outcome. Very mature, strong film from gere, who makes an effort it seems to choose characters that have an internalworld going on that the watcher has to fathom about as he slowly lets possibilities, concepts slip out of what the motivations may be. Garcia is fantastic too. An incredible actor himself who chooses movies that allow his sublte, slightly repressed intensity to boil to the surface. Garcia, I hate comparisons, is very much like Al Pacino of the 70's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gere is so good when he's bad
Gere is so believable in this film. Initially, he is nearly sympathetic. Baldwin does a fine job Gere's partner. Garcia delivers what may be his finest peformance. Read more
Published on Nov. 21 2003 by Alicia Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars One Bad Cop
Why is it that some of our best actors give their best performances when they are playing bad guys? Maybe it's the change of pace; one probably gets tired of being the hero in... Read more
Published on July 17 2002 by JLind555
5.0 out of 5 stars The Title Sums It Up Best.
This film is called "Internal Affairs" based on Andy Garcia's character Raymond Avilar, his IAD affiliation within the LAPD, and his investigation of corrupt cop Dennis Peck... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2002 by Hillary
5.0 out of 5 stars Gere -vs- Garcia
This Good Cop vs Bad Cop thriller is very good, Richard Gere shows his nasty side as a corrupt police officer that will do anything to keep his life from becoming complicated, he... Read more
Published on Nov. 9 2001 by Michael Pettinato
4.0 out of 5 stars INTERNAL AFFAIRS IS RICHARD GERE'S BEST MOVIE!!!
INTERNAL AFFAIRS IS RICHARD GERE'S BEST MOVIE! And it might be Andy Garcia's best movie, too! There are a ton of good subplots, lots of good character actors, plenty of realism... Read more
Published on July 8 2001 by B. h Grey
1.0 out of 5 stars OverIndulgence
what a mess of a film.and how times has Richard Gere and countless other Actors done this Played out role? Read more
Published on March 11 2000 by mistermaxxx08
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting!
This crime story needs one to suspend belief and that's not hard given the quality of acting and general shooting of the film. Read more
Published on Dec 10 1999 by James Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Figgis' masterpiece !
This is one of the very best thrillers I ever enjoyed, along with 'The Year of The Dragon' and 'Black Rain'. Read more
Published on May 3 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TEMPTATION OF SAINT RAMON
INTERNAL AFFAIRS is the story of a fight : the fight of a young member of the cops of the cops' team against a rotten member of the LAPD. Read more
Published on April 23 1999 by Daniel S.
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