The Glass Shield 1995 PG-13 CC

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J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff's Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.'s fellow officers resent his presence.

Starring:
Erich Anderson, Richard Anderson
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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The Glass Shield

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Charles Burnett
Starring Erich Anderson, Richard Anderson
Supporting actors Thomas Babson, Monty Bane, Ernie Lee Banks, Michael Boatman, Jean Hubbard-Boone, James Boyce, Gaye Shannon-Burnett, Bernie Casey, Linden Chiles, Janet Claire, Victor Contreras, Wanda De Jesus, Bill Dearth, Marcia del Mar, Victoria Dillard, Mkeba W. Dunn, Leigh Dupree, Jim Fitzpatrick
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cubist on September 16, 2005
Format: DVD
Charles Burnett is one of America's most underrated filmmakers working today. Unlike his African-American contemporary, Spike Lee, he is not an outspoken personality in his own right, preferring to let the work speak for itself. In many respects, his films are self-aware in terms of social conscience as John Sayles' own work. As a result, Burnett also finds it hard to get his movies widely distributed. The Glass Shield was his attempt to reach a wider audience by having Miramax distribute it. Sadly, like Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, it was subjected to the same lackluster release by Miramax head honcho, Harvey Weinstein and promptly disappeared.

Stylistically, Burnett is not as in-your-face as Spike Lee, preferring to let the content and the characters deliver his message. That's not to say his films don't have their own style-The Glass Shield is a well-shot movie (adopting a colour scheme that reflects Johnson's comic book fantasies)-it just doesn't cause unnecessary attention to itself.

There is an audio commentary by writer/director Charles Burnett and composer Stephen James Taylor. Burnett points out that the cops are conditioned not to trust anyone before they are sent out on patrol and this often explains their hostile behaviour on the streets. This is an intelligent, conversational track with lots of excellent observations by both men with some good stories told by Burnett.

"A Conversation with Charles Burnett" is a featurette that alternates between clips from the movie and Burnett talking.

"Film Scoring with Stephen James Taylor" explores this composer's creative process. He drew from all kinds of musical genres with Negro spiritual melodies as the score's heart. He also talks about the origins of key musical cues from the movie.

Finally, there is a theatrical trailer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 7, 2004
Format: DVD
I liked this modest budget cop thriller movie very much. A great ensemble cast was assembled with well known and recognizable actors (including Ice Cube, Lori Petty, Michael Boatman, Michael Ironside, M. Emmett Walsh, Elliot Gould) for reportedly very little money. The production values are also top notch for a low budget film. The Director, Charles Burnett, a MacArthur "Genius" Grant award winner and the writer-director of the acclaimed "To Sleep With Anger", apparently attracted top talent and key crew people for this film.
Although there are no big, expensive stunts, there is plenty of suspense and drama. The film is supposed to be based upon true events and stories, making it more realistic and compelling.
I highly recommend this film.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Kocik on November 2, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This movie was done very well, Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Ice Cube all acted the way they should for there parts. But then you have mean Michael Ironside, who wants to put everyone through hell in the sheriff's department. I thought that Elliott Gould was the only wimp in this movie, he's the one who did not act real well in this film. But timely look at racism and corruption in the sheriff's department as seen through the eyes of African American rookie J.J. Johnson (Boatman). He realizes his own department is framing a black man (Ice Cube) for a murder he did not commit. Lori Petty who becomes Johnson's only ally on the force. "THIS IS A MUST SEE FILM"
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 24, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This movie was pretty good. I started watchin this movie with my friends and they said it was a LA CONFIDENTIAL ripoff. I think that it wasn't and i think it was awesome.
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By Jan Elizabeth Pearson on September 9, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a great movie. More movies should be made of a similar quality. It's really good story telling. Bravo!
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