DVD - 2009
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An inner-city detective is investigating the murder of an elderly candy shop owner and finds odd clues along the way, while at the same time trying to find out who he has become
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2009
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604651829
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 715515048514


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Jun 16, 2018

Many quotes in IMDb but only one relevant to the major theme on Jewishness and anti-Semitism. Here are a few:
It never stops, does it?
-''It never stops.'' What is it that never stops?
Against the Jews.
You're his people. You're on the case.
-I'm his people? I thought I was your people, Lieu.
Ma'am, I don't know any reason why anyone...
- That's right. You don't, do you?
But I see that you feel that,
-what, you're dealing with hysterical Jews? I'm making it up. Is that right?
It's always a fantasy, isn't it?
-A fantasy? What's a fantasy? I don't get you.
When someone wants to hurt the Jews.
-I've got nothing against the Jews, Doctor. I'm a Jew.
And I'll tell you something else... When the fantasy is true, when we've been killed... then you say, ''What a coincidence that at the same time we were being paranoid... someone was coincidentally trying to hurt us.''

Jun 16, 2018

You're a Jew, and you talk that way in the house of the dead. Do you have any shame?
- I'm sorry about your grandmother.
No one asked you to be sorry. No one asked for your sympathy. We would have appreciated your respect. Do you hate yourself that much? Do you belong nowhere?
They say she kept a piece behind the counter. But what is that gonna do,
some guy comes in with a shotgun? And how are you gonna be watchin' the door all day?
- Uh-huh. Every day, huh?
You can't do it. So I say I'm gonna be in here someday, she gets popped.
And it was just a question of when, no more, no less. Tell you somethin' else. I don't know that her coming here does not make violence. Rich Jew lady in this neighborhood is gon' get took off. Human nature. Someday somebody gonna come in here, see what it is.

Jun 16, 2018

I don't get it.
- Maybe you don't want to get it.
What do you mean?
- Nothin'.
What do you mean? 'Cause I ain't a Yid?
- Well, you ain't a Yid.
And so what? I'm... I'm an anti-Semite? What the fuck are you sayin'?
-It's just not your thing, Tim. It's not your thing. It's my thing, okay?
Bob, I'm gonna tell you what the old whore said, and this is the truest thing I know. ''When you start comin' with the customers, it's time to quit.''
I would have been there. I'm stuck here with my... my Jews. You should see this fxckin' room. No, fxckin' bullshit. Bunch of high-strung fxckin' bullshxt. They pay so much taxes - Fxck 'em.

Jun 16, 2018

Hey, not my people, baby. Fzck 'em. There's so much anti-Semitism the last 4,000 years we must be doin' somethin' bring it about. I'll see you at the house half an hour. Yo, Tim. See you then.
The badge concerns me. The badge, you see... The badge is a symbol. The badge is the symbol of that which constrains us. The star, you see...The star. The five-pointed star. The pentagram. It is identified as a star... but it is not the symbol of heaven. It is the symbol of Earth. The Magen David is the intersection of the opposites... and can be deconstructed into heaven and Earth. But the pentagram cannot be deconstructed. You see? The five points are the five senses. The Chinese five elements. The five fingers of the hand. You see? You're Jewish? Are you Jewish?
- Yes.
Well... You see? From the book of Esther. Esther. From ''satan'' - ''to conceal. '' But what is concealed? What is concealed in the name Esther?
And the answer is here. Here is the answer.

Jun 16, 2018

Do you see?
-I can't read it.
You say you're a Jew.
-I can't read it.
You say you're a Jew, and you can't read Hebrew. What are you then?- You'd like to fight for your home.
-I would do anything.
Are you a Jew, Mr. Gold?
- Yes.
Then be a Jew.
How long your resolution last? Until the first unpleasantness.
- I'm a sworn police officer.
Where are your loyalties? You want a home. You want glory... You're willing to do nothing.
- I took an oath.

Jun 16, 2018

They said I was a pussy all my life. They said I was a pussy because I was a Jew. And the cops... They'd say, ''Send a Jew? Might as well send a broad on a job.'' ''Send a broad through the door.'' That's what they said. All my goddamn life. And I listened to it. Huh? I was the donkey. I was the clown.
- You were the outsider.
- I understand.
They made me the hostage negotiator... 'cause I knew how the bad guys felt. Doing other people's work for them.
- That's right. In their country.
Yes, that's right.
- And never working for yourself.
- I know.
Now, why would I do that?
-You have your own home.
Yes. I do.
-Now, what can that be like? To have your own country.
I'm gone so much of the time. But I think about it.

Jun 16, 2018

I sat with those guys tonight. With... heroes. Jewish guys who had nothing to prove. And I... And I felt, Jesus, all my life... I gotta be the first one in the door.
Not for me. All for someone else.
Because I'm no good. Because I'm nobody. I want to be a part of it. That's all.
Here we are. We're the garbagemen. You think I don't know that? I know that. Looking for something to love. You got something to love. You got your boys. That's something.


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Sep 17, 2018

With the Mamet name attached, I expected more. The stilted language and acting early on, almost caused me to turn this off, especially with fine actors like Mantegna and Macy. I kept on though, and was rewarded with a definitely offbeat story and some genuine intrigue. If this film was made today, I'm sure some would be outraged by casting Mantegna as a Jewish cop. Overall worth a watch, but far from a classic!

Jun 14, 2018

During a hectic few days, a homicide detective in a racially diverse police department (Baltimore,) worked feverishly on two high profile crimes. He became disillusioned with his value at work and purpose in life after dumped on by everyone on his Jewishness, so it seemed to him. Soon, he decided to pursue the cases unilaterally from his own biased perspective and took unmitigated actions he thought were the right ones, hence the big twist at the end. A gritty police drama about a truly lonely cop in a police force of Irishmen and blacks, definitely fresh then and now.

Oct 15, 2015

Well acted but gradually deteriorates as the implausible plot unfolds.

harrybrowne Aug 24, 2014

A disturbing story with lots of violence and vulgarity. Definitely not for the squeamish. Artfully directed by David Mamet, who, deliberately or not, demonstrates the futility of the so-called War on Drugs, with its typical police corruption. Joe Mantegna is very good as a cop whose transformation is gut-wrenching.

Oct 07, 2011

Outstanding acting by Montegna.
I watched this movie atleast 4 times and each time the message became more and more clear. Five stars


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