“Mamet’s crisp storytelling, his wonderfully heightened language, and his rich ambiguities come together in this disturbing, provocative tale we haven’t seen on screen before.” David Ansen, Newsweek
978-0-8021-3308-3 • $9.95 • Paperback • Mar. 1992
David Mamet’s explosive movie concerns a smooth-talking homicide detective played by Joe Mantegna, who is fiercely proud of being a cop. Although he is Jewish himself, Bobby Gold is annoyed when he becomes involved in a routine investigation into the murder of an elderly Jewish woman in a black ghetto. He is more interested in a high-profile murder case that he and his partner are on the verge of breaking. But the old woman’s murder draws him inexorably deeper into a dark netherworld of anti-Semitism and Jewish terrorism, where his loyalties are blurred, and he is forced to confront his own attitudes about being Jewish.
As with his earlier screenplays, Mamet has created a story that reverberates with gripping suspense and confrontation. The result is a film that exposes the paranoia and fear at the heart of today’s multiracial urban fabric.