Criminal Intent

October 8th, 1997


Criminal Intent

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Two corrupt cops murder an undercover DEA agent by mistake, and frantically try to cover their tracks by framing a homeless man for the crime...

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.1/10 (3,295 voted)

Director: Jim Kouf

Stars: James Belushi, Tupac Shakur, Lela Rochon

Two corrupt cops murder an undercover DEA agent by mistake, and frantically try to cover their tracks by framing a homeless man for the crime. That involves juggling evidence, coaching witnesses, and improvising to keep their desperate scheme from unraveling.

James Belushi - Det. Frank Divinci
Tupac Shakur - Det. Rodriguez
Lela Rochon - Cynthia Webb
Dennis Quaid - Joe Doe / William
James Earl Jones - Arthur Baylor
David Paymer - Elliot Goff
Wendy Crewson - Helen Eden
Gary Cole - Richard Simms
Terrence 'T.C.' Carson - Manny Landrew
Brad Greenquist - Richard Stein
James Handy - Capt. Henderson
Kool Moe Dee - Lionel Hudd
Victor Love - Hooper
Robert LaSardo - Sarkasian
Perry Anzilotti - Vic

Taglines: The Best Place To Hide Is Behind A Badge


Official Website: MGM |

Release Date: 8 October 1997

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $3,286,065 (USA) (12 October 1997) (1260 Screens)

Gross: $5,790,448 (USA) (9 November 1997)

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Did You Know?

This was Tupac Shakur's last film, and the first one given full theatrical release after his death on 13 September 1996. His other film, Bullet made prior to this one only received a limited theatrical run late in 1996 before being released on home video, just before this film was released theatrically in August 1997.

Crew or equipment visible: When Det. Frank Divinc talks to Joe for the first time about the crime in the car we can clearly see the camera in the reflection of the window. As the scene progress the camera zooms in and a head can be seen next to the camera.

Cynthia Webb: [seeing Divinci in her dressing room] Isn't this breaking and entering?
Divinci: I don't know, I'm homicide, we don't learn that stuff.

User Review

Better than expected

Rating: 7/10

Much better movie than I expected. Jim Belushi and Tupac Shakur have a good chemistry as 2 crooked, conflicted cops. Tupac Shakur actually played a very good character as the increasingly troubled cop. He was willing to bend some rules, and put some money in his pocket, but things have now gone entirely too far for him. Jim Belushi plays a morally dumb cop who continues to make the situation worse, and continues to believe he can probably manipulate his way out of anything.

Dennis Quaid, James Earl Jones and Lela Rochon were all excellent.

I didn't expect too much from this, but I was drawn into a well-done, well-acted movie.


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