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Code of Silence (1985)

Directed by:
Andrew Davis
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Action/Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Taushetens lov

RUNNING TIME
100 minutes

Produced by:
Raymond Wagner
Written by:
Michael Butler
Dennis Shryack
Mike Gray


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Sergeant Eddie Cusack Chuck Norris
Luis Comacho Henry Silva
Commander Kates Bert Remsen
Diana Luna Molly Hagan
Detetive Dorato Dennis Farina -
Tony "Crazy Tony" Luna Mike Genovese -
Felix Scalese Nathan Davis -
Detective Cragie Ralph Foody

 

Review

The first of director Andrew Davis' line of action-thrillers stars Chuck Norris as a low-key police sergeant in Davis' native Chicago. Somewhat against type for Norris at this point of his career, his character here is not that one-man-army we all know from 1980s action movies, and the film's focus on the dramatic aspects of policing and the people the officers encounter in their work may have surprised audiences. It didn't keep them away from the cinemas, however, because Code of Silence was a great box-office success domestically. Offering real, palpable action and an understated, naturally engaging Norris in the lead, the film rises above the many mediocre contemporary entries in the genre. And even the final showdown, which obviously was meant to comply with genre conventions, has a sense of weary necessity and lack of self-satisfaction to it which gives it a certain soberness.

Copyright 02.01.2024 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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