In a seaside California town, best friends Mac and Nick are on opposite sides of the law. Mac is a former drug dealer trying to clean up his act, while Nick is a high-profile detective trying to take down a Mexican drug lord named Carlos. Soon Nick's loyalties are put to the test when he begins an affair with restaurateur Jo Ann -- a love interest of Mac's -- unwittingly leading his friend into a police-orchestrated trap.

  1. Robert Towne

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson

    Dale "Mac" McKussic

  2. Kurt Russell

    Kurt Russell

    Nick Frescia

  3. J.T. Walsh

    J.T. Walsh

    Agent Hal McGuire

  4. Michelle Pfeiffer

    Michelle Pfeiffer

    Jo Ann

  5. Raúl Juliá

    Raúl Juliá

    Carlos / Comandante Xavier Escalante

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  • December 2, 1988


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 55m

Budget $23,000,000.00

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