No Mercy (1986) - Rotten Tomatoes

No Mercy1986

No Mercy (1986)



Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Mercy Photos

Movie Info

In this rip-roaring thriller a Chi-town cop heads for the Big Easy to look for those who murdered his partner and ends up involved with the killer's Cajun lover.

Watch it now


Richard Gere
as Eddie Jillette
Kim Basinger
as Michel Duval
George Dzundza
as Capt. Stemkowski
Gary Basaraba
as Joe Collins
William Atherton
as Allan Deveneux
Terry Kinney
as Paul Deveneux
Bruce McGill
as Lt. Hall
Ray Sharkey
as Angles Ryan
Marita Geraghty
as Alice Collins
Ray Brown
as Benny Blue
Kim Chan
as Old Asian Man
Carl Gordon
as Lawrence
Caris Corfman
as Waitress
Pearl Jones
as Blind Woman
John Schluter
as Policeman
Harold Evans
as Security Guard
Leon Rippy
as Man #2
Bill Hart
as Man #3
View All

Critic Reviews for No Mercy

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

A passionate film noir that depends heavily upon Mr. Gere to give it credence, and Mr. Gere delivers.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

Count me among those who would be happy never to see another starring role for Gere, except maybe as Felix in a remake of The Odd Couple.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A standard-issue cop thriller that amounts to Beverly Hills Cop in a bad mood.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Pearce pads out his plot with lots of borrowed bits ... but the borrowings don't have any resonance of their own: they simply hang on the story like empty thematic husks.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

An above-average film noir, and its creepy feeling for the back streets of New Orleans and the sultry evil of its red-light suburbs got under my skin.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A solid, gritty thriller

April 21, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for No Mercy

On the surface, this film, which I like, is like dozens of other revenge-the-death-of-a-cop-partner stories. But the saving grace of the movie is the characters, and some of the dialogue. Spoilers in the following Eddie Jilette is a tough cop. A tough Chicago cop. But what distinguishes the film that his Captain is tougher and nastier. In a later scene in the film, the captain and Eddie are in an airport where, in the Men's washroom, after making sure that they're alone, the captain gives Eddie a weapon to kill the villain, and expects him to use it. In most such films, a tough cop usually has a captain who's either a politician or a wimp. How refreshing! The film also has a nice touch. Eddie rents all the rooms of a hotel in Algiers. The only inhabitants were the clerk and a cat. Eddie tells the clerk to beat it, because he's expecting a showdown battle there. Shortly before the battle commences, we see the cat leave the building. One I've watched several times and one that's in my library.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


Exciting action-thriller of a Chicago policeman (Richard Gere) heads for Louisiana to track down his partner's killer. There he falls in love with an illiterate Cajun beauty (Kim Basinger). Basinger pouts, Gere smoulders, the bayous steam.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

No Mercy Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

News & Features