Police chief Xavier Quinn investigates the gruesome murder of Donald Pater, one of the wealthiest residents on a Caribbean island. He was found decapitated in his Jacuzzi. Although the local political establishment, especially crooked Governor Chalk, insists that small-time thief Maubee is responsible, Xavier has his doubts. This view is complicated by the police chief's personal history with Maubee: The men have been friends since childhood.

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  1. A.H.Z. Carr


  2. Carl Schenkel


  3. Hampton Fancher


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  1. Denzel Washington

    Denzel Washington

    Xavier Quinn

  2. James Fox

    James Fox

    Thomas Elgin

  3. Mimi Rogers

    Mimi Rogers

    Hadley Elgin

  4. M. Emmet Walsh

    M. Emmet Walsh

    Fred Miller

  5. Sheryl Lee Ralph

    Sheryl Lee Ralph

    Lola Quinn

  6. Art Evans

    Art Evans

    Jump Jones

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 38m

Budget -

Revenue $4,557,214.00

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Release Information

  • February 17, 1989
    R, Theatrical



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