No Mercy 1986

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A Chicago cop (Richard Gere) travels to the Bayou to track down the witness (Kim Basinger) to his partner's murder.

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Kim Basinger,Richard Gere
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1 hour, 47 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Richard Pearce
Starring Kim Basinger, Richard Gere
Studio Sony Pictures International
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
This is a fantastic cop thriller and one of the best films of it's ilk made during the 80's. It could easily have been made this year and not in 1986 it holds up so well. Basinger shows why she was so sought after and why so many were relieved when L.A. Confidential finally came her way. Before Richard Gere slipped into the slick but empty films he would make later on, he gave a terrific performance in this one.
Director Richard Pearce gives this crime story a special atmosphere as it moves from Chicago to the hustle and bustle of New Orleans and finally to the marshy swamps of the Bayou. There is a good script from James Carabatsos that adds a gritty realism missing in many films of this kind. The chemistry between Gere and Bassinger is explored slowly while they are on the run and the romance is very credible because of it.
Eddie Jillette (Gere) and his best friend and partner Joe Collins (Gary Basaraba in a nice role) are undercover at a car wash and when they blow a drug bust by jumping the gun they get a chance to redeem themselves by pretending to be hitmen. All they know is someone from Louisiana wants to make a hit in Chicago and their contact is suppose to be a heartstopper. It turns out to be gorgeous beauty Basinger. She is the heartstopper with a blue parrot tattoo on her shoulder and a rich Loisiana lawyer looking to hire a killer.
The man they want killed is a Loisiana crime lord named Losado (creepily played by Jerome Krabbe) who runs Algiers and owns Basinger, literally. Her parents sold her to Losado when she was thirteen in a world Jillette can't understand but is about to find out about when both the lawyer and Eddie's best friend are brutally killed. Michel dissappears back to the Big Easy with Losado and Eddie goes after her to get to his partner's killer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2013
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Bassinger comes off very well in this, as well as being able to act beyond her looks, her story arc as a voulnerable femme fatal is handled sensitively here and is easily comparable to the trapped beauty she played in LA Confidential. When cops pose as hitman they stumble into the nightmare world of bayou beauty Michel Duval (Bassinger). The resulting shootout sees his partner murdered at the meeting and with Michel the only eye witness, Cop Eddie Gillette (Gere) follows the trail to a menacing New Orleans crime boss named Losado (Jeroen Krabbe).

Richard Pearce cut his teeth directing for TV which might be why he deftly handles the considerable human elements of this story, the relationship between Eddie and Michel develops credibly during their time together, it's not shoehorned in for expedience, they do things because their characters grow, make decisions because they want to and not because the story is going that way. I particularly like the fiery exchange when Michel tells Eddie that she was sold to Losado as a child. The action is exciting and the climax where our heroes makes a stand in a burning New Orleans hotel is particularly well handled.
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After what should have been an important bust goes spectacularly and comically wrong, tough Chicago cop Eddie Jillette (Richard Gere) badgers the chief perp' into throwing him a face saving bone. Said bone manifests itself as a tip about a man from New Orleans looking to hire a hit man. Jillette decides to pose as a hit man and arrest the man from New Orleans and drags his reluctant partner along for the highly dangerous and off the books ride. Like his previous undercover operation, this one also goes spectacularly wrong and then some; ultimately leading to his partner being gruesomely killed by the fearsome New Orleans gangster, Losado (Jeroene Krabbe) - execution style. With the tacit approval of his department, Jillette decides to pursue his partner's murderer to New Orleans and once there finds himself way out of his league, literally and romantically entangled with Losado's moll (Kim Bassinger) and deeply embroiled in a bayou sub-subculture with matching under-underworld that he doesn't understand.

I hadn't seen this film since it's original release on NTSC VHS way back in the nineteen eighties but I remember really enjoying it. So, as it was going cheap on AMAZON, I decided to pay it a much delayed revisit. As I've said before, viewing movies decades later - especially those viewed in your teenage years and early twenties - can be very disappointing as times and tastes change. However, I'm pleased to say that viewing NO MERCY twenty six years later was just as good as the first time.

The DVD itself is a little disappointing having no extras, not even a commentary, which would have been nice. Let's hope a nice BLURAY release of this minor cult classic is not too far away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek Stocker. D.C. Stocker on 13 May 2013
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This DVD was an import and would not play so beware!
Bitter disappointment for that.
Great film when seen on T.V.
Watched it several times over the years, so wanted to own it.
Recommended very highly as one of the most interesting films if you like the gang culture of the southern states of America.
Richard Gere almost at his best and Jeroen Krabbe makes the most scary of villains, see it and enjoy!
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