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117 Ratings

Q & A


Directed by Sidney Lumet
United States, 1990
Crime, Drama


Lumet returned to a favorite subject—corruption inside the New York City Police Department — for this blistering adaptation of the novel by Carlito’s Way author (and New York Supreme Court Justice) Edwin Torres.

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Q & A Directed by Sidney Lumet

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1991 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Critics reviews

A liberal’s anguish about the corruption pervading the country’s legal and judicial systems… a warm, observant, and often humorous eye and ear for the ethnic, racial, and sexual diversity of New York; and a continuing curiosity about how this diversity both affects and inflects the way the city is run. Some of this may still qualify on occasion as “strained seriousness,” but at least it is a form of strained seriousness that is distinctively Lumetian.
April 27, 1990
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What are people saying?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Q & A

    Very tight in its rhythm and in spite of a predictable plot, Lumet's film delivers another crime drama that could not find a better apostle of police corruption than Nick Nolte, whose towering performance offers a masterful dissection of patronage within and outside the precinct. The entire ensemble (Assayas in particular) is also very good in a film further uplifted by the melodic tunes of Rubén Blades.

  • Bilouaustria's rating of the film Q & A

    Solid script and acting. Another cop corruption story but this time with interesting and ambivalent characters, Lumet, as usual : clever, never tries to show off his directing skills, and takes his time to make the best of this Q&A. His naive "hero" is a great character and the way communities do not really mix proves the great american dream of integration to be an illusion.

  • VENIMOS LOS JODIMOS Y NOS FUIMOS's rating of the film Q & A

    Entretenido ejercicio de cine negro, a pesar de ser una de las obras menores de Lumet, se sostiene por el buen reparto. Lo mejor, sin duda, los creditos iniciales: la escena de sexo protagonizada por una Jenniffer Connelly pre-A Beautiful Mind (o sea, cuando solamente la contrataban para aparecer como el culito en turno) desquita la compra en DVD.

  • lbunuel's rating of the film Q & A

    One of Lumet's most uninspired efforts. The script is a collage of clichés taken from inumerous films with the same storyline - the idealist newbie vs the corrupt force -, and everything reeks of obnoxious sentimentality & manicheism. The over-the-top acting by everyone involved makes this go past the point of blandness to become a near-satire.

  • xavierpeypoch's rating of the film Q & A

    Beautifully executed and acted, this great police procedural is Lumet at the top of his craft. If I have one gripe, and that is probably true about other films in his cannon, is that music didn't really age with the rest of the film. Still, everything within it's context, this is an excellent picture and a showcase of Lumet's best, and most personal, work.

  • DenoResandono's rating of the film Q & A

    In this movie, director Sidney Lumet showed us the dirty side of law. In this case police & legal entity. Q & A is exciting, thrilling, and provocative. Mr. Lumet makes it better with his directorial skill. Q & A has a solid storytelling. It also adds some racial issues in its screenplay. The characterization was GREAT. Nick Nolte's performance is EVERYTHING. I loved its cinematography. The soundtrack is also AMAZING

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Q & A

    Jolie réalisation d'une surprenante ambiguïté, malgré quelques stéréotypes d'importance secondaire qu'on pardonnera évidemment au réalisateur...

  •'s rating of the film Q & A

    (...)Rassismus ist nicht einfach das, was im Affekt so dahergeredet wird. Es geht um Loyalitäten. Jeder in der New Yorker Polizei benutzt einen bestimmten Slang, um dazuzugehören: Zu den Iren, den Italienern oder den Hispanics. Das ist sogar verständlich, denn draussen tobt ein Krieg. Der Chief (Patrick O'Neal) glaubt, dass dieser Krieg ausgetragen wird zwischen den Ordnungshütern und denen, die New York zerstören(..

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