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Internal Affairs (film)

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Genre  Action, Crime, Drama
Country  United States
6.5/10 IMDb

Director  Mike Figgis
Initial DVD release  March 9, 1999
Writer  Henry Bean
Language  English
Richard Gere and Andy Garcia with serious faces in the movie poster of the 1990 American crime thriller film, Internal Affairs. Richard is wearing a white shirt and Andy is wearing a gun & holster on his left shoulder, a pair of pants and a belt, a brown printed necktie, and a cream long sleeve.

Release date  January 12, 1990 (1990-01-12) (United States)
Music director  Mike Figgis, Anthony Marinelli, Brian Banks
Cast  Richard Gere (Dennis Peck), Andy García (Raymond Avila), Laurie Metcalf (Amy Wallace), Nancy Travis (Kathleen Avila), Elijah Wood (Sean Stretch)
Similar movies  2 Guns, Miss Congeniality, The French Connection, The Tourist, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Eastern Promises
Tagline  Trust him... he's a cop.

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Internal Affairs is a 1990 American crime thriller film set in Los Angeles about the police department's Internal Affairs Division.


Richard Gere and Andy Garcia talking to each other with serious faces and there are cars in the background in a scene from the 1990 American crime thriller film, Internal Affairs. Richard is wearing a sunglasses, a gray polo shirt, and denim pants while Andy is wearing sunglasses, a ring, black pants, and a white long sleeve under a black necktie and a black coat

Directed by Mike Figgis, the film stars Richard Gere as Dennis Peck, a suave womanizer, clever manipulator, and crooked cop who uses his fellow officers as pawns for his own nefarious purposes while showing a tender side as a devoted father. Andy García plays Raymond Avila, the Internal Affairs agent who becomes obsessed with catching Peck when he suspects that Peck is not the poster boy police officer that the precinct has made him out to be.

Richard Gere with a tight-lipped smile while looking at someone in a scene from the 1990 American crime thriller film, Internal Affairs. Richard wearing a white shirt under a black polo

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Richard Gere and Nancy Travis talking and looking at each other while holding a glass of wine in the restaurant, with cars passing by in their background, in a scene from the 1990 American crime thriller film, Internal Affairs. Richard is wearing a black coat and Nancy is wearing a wristwatch and a black dress.

During a drug bust, LAPD patrolmen Dennis Peck (Gere) and Van Stretch (William Baldwin) viciously assault a dealer and his girlfriend. Outside, fellow patrolman Dorian Fletcher (Michael Beach) shoots a man running towards him, only to discover that he was unarmed. While Fletcher is distraught by the incident, Peck plants a knife on the body to get Fletcher off the hook. Soon afterwards, Raymond Avila (Garcia) joins the LAPD's Internal Affairs Division (IAD) and is assigned to investigate the drug bust with partner Amy Wallace (Metcalf).

Andy Garcia looking at the man in front of him with a serious face in a scene from the 1990 American crime thriller film, Internal Affairs. Andy is wearing sunglasses and a white long sleeve under a black necktie and black coat while the man in front of him is wearing a gray polo shirt and sunglasses

The investigation reveals that Stretch abuses drugs, has a history of excessive force, and may be corrupt. Avila eventually begins to look into Peck, who is held up as a role model for the LAPD but is regarded with distaste by other officers over his brutal techniques. Avila unsuccessfully pressures Stretch to provide evidence against Peck in return for immunity from prosecution. Fletcher, who has gotten into an altercation with Peck, agrees to help Avila's investigation. Avila's marriage starts to wilt due to his increased obsession with the case, and Peck insinuates he will make advances on Raymond's wife, Kathleen.

Richard Gere and William Baldwin are looking afar in the dark with serious faces in a scene from the 1990 American crime thriller film, Internal Affairs. Richard (left) is holding a white styrofoam cup and both of them are wearing blue long sleeves

When Stretch makes it known that he will testify, Peck resolves to have him murdered. During a routine patrol in Huntington Park, Stretch is shot through the chest in a hit staged by Peck. After Peck murders the hitman, he sees the blue van used in the hit speeding away, indicating a witness to the crime. When Stretch is revealed to be alive, Peck strangles him. Avila and Wallace set up a sting to catch the witness, but two SWAT units arrive on the scene after the sting is leaked. Fletcher and the witness are killed in the resulting shootout. As he dies in Avila's arms, he identifies Peck as Stretch's killer.

Richard Gere looking at something with a serious face in a scene from the 1990 American crime thriller film, Internal Affairs while wearing a black shirt

Posing as an IAD investigator, Peck meets and insinuates himself with Kathleen, with the intent of signalling to Avila that he can manipulate the situation to his advantage. The episode angers Avila, who is sent home when he has an outburst at the office. As he is leaving on the elevator, Avila is beaten by Peck, who boasts that he has seduced Kathleen and that she loved having anal sex with him. As a result, Avila has a violent public confrontation with Kathleen at a restaurant. The two make up the following morning when Kathleen convinces Avila that she would never sleep with Peck.

Breaking under pressure, Peck's wife reveals the name of one of his associates, Steven Arrocas, which also happens to be the last name of two recent homicide victims. Meanwhile, Arrocas walks in on Peck having rough sex with his wife. Peck tries to goad Arrocas into killing her, but Arrocas accidentally shoots Peck in the foot instead. Avila and Wallace meet on the scene and split up. Peck ambushes and shoots Wallace and flees. Avila, fearing for Kathleen's safety, returns home to find Peck about to rape her. Peck pulls a knife out of his boot and lunges at Avila, who shoots him dead. Avila tries to comfort his terrorized wife.


  • Andy Garcia as Raymond Avilla
  • Richard Gere as Dennis Peck
  • William Baldwin as Van Stretch
  • Nancy Travis as Kathleen "Kathy" Avilla
  • Laurie Metcalf as Sergeant Amy Wallace
  • Richard Bradford as Grieb
  • Elijah Wood as Sean Stretch
  • Annabella Sciorra as Heather Peck
  • Michael Beach as Dorian Fletcher
  • Katherine Borowitz as Tova Arrocas
  • Faye Grant as Penny Stretch
  • Xander Berkeley as Rudy Mohr
  • John Kapelos as Steven Arrocas
  • Hamlet Arman as Carlos
  • Reception

    Internal Affairs was well received by critics; review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives it an 88% "Fresh" rating based on 25 reviews. Janet Maslin of The New York Times said, "Internal Affairs is, for the dim movie season that is traditionally January, an unusually bright light."

    Internal Affairs is included in The New York Times Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made (2004).

    Box office

    The movie was a moderate success but performed better on home video.


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