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The Mighty Quinn (1989)




Critic Consensus: A deft hybrid of laughs, espionage, and music, The Mighty Quinn is a smart, pleasant entertainment that offers an early example of Denzel Washington's onscreen magnetism.

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On a small Caribbean island, police chief Xavier Quinn investigates a murder where the prime suspect is Maubee, a charming local troublemaker and Quinn's childhood friend. As Quinn investigates further, the case proves to be more complex than it appears in this often comic mystery loaded with local color.

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Denzel Washington
as Xavier Quinn
James Fox
as Elgin
Esther Rolle
as Ubu Pearl
Norman Beaton
as Gov. Chalk
Alex Colon
as Patina
Keye Luke
as Dr. Raj
Carl Bradshaw
as Cocodick
Fitz Weir
as Athens
Bernie McInerney
as Dr. Stuhlberg
Ron Taylor
as McKeon
Dave Ellis
as Jersey
Cathi Levy
as Secretary
Charles Hyatt
as Security Guard
Clive Walker
as Bartender
Rowan Byfield
as Blizzard
Bob Andy
as Raisen
Bobby Ghisays
as Donald Pater
Deon Silvera
as Beautician
Rita Marley
as Wedding Singers and Band
Christopher Meredith
as Wedding Singers and Band
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Critic Reviews for The Mighty Quinn

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

[Washington] gives the kind of smooth, funny, laid-back performance that could help make him the first black matinee idol since Sidney Poitier.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

With Fancher's dialogue and Washington's comedic timing, The Mighty Quinn is more fun than a cabana full of bananas.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The Mighty Quinn is a spy thriller, a buddy movie, a musical, a comedy and a picture that is wise about human nature. And yet with all of those qualities, it never seems to strain.

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

Pleasing comical murder mystery that takes place on a small Caribbean island.

May 9, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

An award-worthy performance by Washington

October 26, 2008 | Rating: 3/5

The colourful locale -- it was shot on the northeastern coast of Jamaica -- spices up the formulaic screenplay, which contains sentimental twaddle about identifying with one's culture.

May 24, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Mighty Quinn

I really enjoyed watching "The Mighty Quinn". The picture is very well directed and well casted. Denzel Washington plays a West Indies chief Xavier Quinn (cool name) handling a murder case and is facing a problem since his good friend Maubee (Robert Townsend) may have been involved. Filmmaker Carl Schenkel has a real feel of the Carribean culture, the music and the characters. I admired the small relationship between Washington and Mimi Rogers since they both reminded me of Walter Neff and Phyllis Dietrichson. "The Mighty Quinn" is one of those great drama thrillers like Arthur Penn's "Night Moves" where you got a very smooth, handsome main character all caught up in a plot that will eventually get in way over his head. In this case it would be Xavier Quinn. For a low budget picture drama, this movie sure puts a badly big budget film to shame.

Brian R
Brian R

Super Reviewer

The smooth and charming Denzel Washington plays a Caribbean cop investigating a murder that his childhood friend Maubee (Robert Townsend) may be implicated in. Townsend plays the role of a carefree individual who does just what he pleases and mostly the wrong side of the law and is constantly laughing at strait laced Xavier Quinn who is not taking crap from the rich white folks that want him to look the other side. Mimi Rogers is convincing as a damsel in distress and Sheryl Lee Ralph showcases her talents as both an actress and a singer while Robert Townsend, steals the show as the cheerfully irresponsible "victim of circumstances". Great location, wonderful reggae music; we also get to see Denzil strutting his stuff on the piano; now if you can just ignore the phony Jamaican accents, you'll enjoy this one a whole lot more!

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer


Very entertaining, good performances by Townsend and Washington. Good ending.

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Chosen 718

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