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Homicide (1991)



Critic Consensus: Guided by David Mamet's searing dialogue and assured direction, Homicide tells its morally complex story with an immersive mood and a crackling zeal.

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A Jewish homicide detective investigates a seemingly minor murder and falls in with a Zionist group as a result.

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Joe Mantegna
as Bobby Gold
Ving Rhames
as Randolph
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Ms. Klein
William H. Macy
as Tim Sullivan
Paul Butler
as Deputy Mayor Walker
Colin Stinton
as Walter B. Wellls, Grounder
Adolph Mall
as Benjamin
J.S. Block
as Dr. Klein
Roberta Custer
as Cathy Bates
Charles Stransky
as Doug Brown
Louis Murray
as Patterson
Chris Kaldor
as Desk Sergeant
Linda Kimbrough
as Sgt. Green
Robin Spielberg
as Records Officer
Yuri Alexis
as Reporter
Darrell Taylor
as Willie Sims
Jonathan Ridgely
as Deliveryman
Willo Hausman
as Juvenile Officer
Leo Burns
as Officer Arraigning Wells
Ron Butler
as Police Rookie
Lee Cohn
as Officer Escorting Ms. Klein
George Harvey
as Officer Escorting Wells
Charles Chessler
as Plainclothes Officer
Jordan Lage
as FBI Team Leader
George Rogers
as Swat Team Member
Steven Anderson
as Swat Team Member
Elmer Aulton
as Swat Team Member
Anthony Boer
as Swat Team Member
Michael Hammond
as Swat Team Member
Guy Johnson
as Swat Team Member
Erica Gimpel
as Woman with Randolf
Tony Mamet
as Officer Farro
Larry Kopp
as Officer Threatened by Dog
Bob Moore
as Police Captain
Keith Johnson
as Captain's Driver
Alan Soule
as Crime Scene Technician
Sandy Waters
as Neighborhood Woman
Cliff McMullen
as Night Officer at Variety Store
Mary Jefferson
as Randolph's Mother
Jonathan Katz
as Undertaker
Marge Kotlisky
as Mrs. Klein
Marge Kotilsky
as Mrs. Klein
Jim Frangione
as Police Officer
Ricky Jay
as Aaron
Robert Bella
as Bodyguard
Gail Silver
as Lily, the Klein's Maid
Scott Zigler
as Passport Clerk
Jerrold Graff
as Officer in Elevator
Rick Washburn
as Officer in Elevator
Rick Washburne
as Officer in Elevator
Jim Grace
as BATF Agent
Paul Hjelmervik
as BATF Agent
James Potter
as Shoemaker
Steve Goldstein
as Librarian
Charlotte Potok
as Assistant Librarian
Andy Potok
as Library Technician
Lynn Weisberg
as Woman in Library
Emily Weisberg
as Young Girl in Library
Andrew Potok
as Library Technician
Theo Cohan
as Young Woman with Dog
Neil Pepe
as Young Man with Dog
Ted Monte
as Bodyguard with Gun
Adam Bitterman
as Young Bodyguard
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Critic Reviews for Homicide

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

Unfortunately, the transitions are sometimes abrupt and unconvincing, despite Mantegna's intensity.

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…

David Mamet's "Homicide" is a brilliant muddle: compelling, exhilarating and, at the same time, profoundly dubious.

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie cannot learn from its mistakes; they are forever displayed within it.

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The movie crackles with energy and life, and with throwaway slang dialogue by Mamet, who takes realistic speech patterns and simplifies them into a kind of hammer-and-nail poetry.

December 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps it could be argued that Mamet's plays are notable for their realism, certainly Mamet's films are distinguished by their theatricality.

December 13, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Pulitzer-winning playwright's movies are often a few steps ahead of their audiences, but Homicide seems to have intuitively anticipated its now-exemplary status.

December 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Homicide


It's some of the best writing Mamet has ever done (both on stage and on film), raising all kinds of questions regarding identity, racism, and how society and individuals address both. The film's ambiguous, labyrinthine plot probably hasn't helped raise more cultural awareness or discussion of "Homicide", which is a real shame.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer


Not bad. Not bad. Perhaps not worthy of Criterion Collection treatment but entertaining.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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