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The Last of the Finest (1990)

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4 LA cops are fighting the war on drugs. Corrupt superiors manage to break up their team when one of them gets killed. The 3 quit LAPD and continue investigating.

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John Mackenzie

Writers:

Jere Cunningham (story), Jere Cunningham (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Dennehy ... Frank Daly
Joe Pantoliano ... Wayne Gross
Jeff Fahey ... Ricky Rodriguez
Bill Paxton ... Howard 'Hojo' Jones
Michael C. Gwynne ... Anthony Reece
Henry Stolow Henry Stolow ... Stant
Guy Boyd ... R.J. Norringer
Henry Darrow ... Captain Joe Torres
J. Kenneth Campbell ... Calvert
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Linda Daly
Lisa Jane Persky ... Harriet Gross
Patricia Clipper Patricia Clipper ... Rose
Michele Little ... Anita
Susannah Kelly Susannah Kelly ... Daly Baby
Sheila Kelly Sheila Kelly ... Daly Baby
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Storyline

An elite group of vice cops are fired from the L.A.P.D. for being over-zealous in their war against drugs. It is immediately apparent that some of their superiors are involved in the drug ring. Banded together, four of the banned cops (which quickly becomes three when one is killed early) band together to fight the drug ring undercover. They gain capital for weapons by ripping off minor drug dealers. Then well-armed they go after the kingpin (Boyd). Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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It's time for heroes again. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Street Legal See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$551,876, 11 March 1990

Gross USA:

$1,531,489

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,531,489
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of a dozen films released by Orion Pictures in 1990. Many fans of the film believe that due to the quantity of product running through the studio's pipeline, that this film was lost in the shuffle and was not properly marketed or advertised. See more »

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Frank Daly: [about Hojo] He was the best of us
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Cops off the force and still on the case .....
19 February 2017 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Outstanding acting from Brian Dennehy, Joe Pantoliano, Jeff Fahey, and Bill Paxton vaults this vigilante cop film into way above average territory. While character development is good for the good guys, it is rather skimpy when it comes to the villains. This does not detract enough to spoil the fun however. There is nice chemistry between the rogue cops, and the script though derivative is totally acceptable. It's rare to get the kind of likable performances delivered in "The Last of the Finest" from all four leads. Special mention must be made of the stunt work, because it's good, and the movie has some very unusual and exciting parts. This is a real surprise, and fans of the actors will not be disappointed. - MERK


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