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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Status Released

Release Information

  • December 2, 1988
    R, Theatrical

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 55m

Budget $23,000,000.00

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