GOLDEN PALM Nomination, Cannes Film Festival (1991)
LOS ANGELES FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION AWARD Cinematography (1991)
INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD 3 Nominations (1992)
Tough homicide detective Bobby Gold (Joe Mantegna) is torn between his loyalty to the police force and his rediscovered Jewish identity in writer-director David Mamet's tense and gritty police thriller. Gold is caught between two dangerous worlds when he's pulled off a drug case and assigned to the murder of an elderly Jewish woman who runs a pawn shop in the ghetto. Was her death a simple homicide, or was it related to an antisemitic plot? Suddenly, what appeared to be a routine investigation becomes Gold's line to the conspiracy of death and destruction that has plagued the Jewish people for centuries.
"The movie crackles with energy and life, and with throwaway slang dialogue by Mamet, who takes realistic speech patterns and simplifies them into a kind of hammer-and-nail poetry." -Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
USA, 1991, 102 minutes, color
Directed by David Mamet
Public Exhibition 16mm rental available