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The Mighty Quinn (1989)

Denzel Washington , Robert Townsend , Carl Schenkel  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Denzel Washington, Robert Townsend, James Fox, Mimi Rogers, M. Emmet Walsh
  • Directors: Carl Schenkel
  • Writers: A.H.Z. Carr, Hampton Fancher
  • Producers: Dale Pollock, Ed Elbert, Jeffrey Bydalek, Sanford Lieberson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000542CJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mighty Quinn" on IMDb

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OscarÂ(r) winner* Denzel Washington (The Hurricane) and Robert Townsend (Hollywood Shuffle) star in this witty, romantic, entertaining and light-hearted who-dun-it (Vincent Canby, The New York Times). Filled with spice and adventure, The Mighty Quinn is delightful...a sunny Caribbean caper as seductive as a great big umbrella drink (The Washington Post)! Life in the easygoing Caribbean is hard on Police Chief Xavier Quinn (Washington). Dubbed 'theMighty Quinn by sarcastic islanders and nagged by a wife who d rather he were babysitting, Quinn is suddenly thrust into action when his childhood friend Maubee (Townsend) is accused of murder. Forced to search for his elusive friend, Quinn meets up with a colorful array of suspects, including thedead man's beautiful mistress who dreams of being a lounge singer (Mimi Rogers), an eccentric voodoo sorceress with snakes in her parlor (Esther Rolle) and a mysterious American visitor with dubious intentions (M. Emmet Walsh). *2001: Actor, Training Day; 1989: Supporting Actor, Glory

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How do I look? Like a ripe mango:) March 16, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This movie instantly became one of my top three favorite movies of all time. I went on the day after I saw it and ordered myself a copy, I simply had to have it. I could tell right away I was going to watch it over and over and over..
First of all, and of supreme importance, the writing is excellent. The first few times I watched it I kept on finding more and more wonderful nuances. There is even a story within a story. There is so much more to this movie when you keep your ears pricked and your expectations high.
The camera is magical, and seems to capture the very essence of each scene. The cast is brilliant -- practically everyone can act, and act well (except for the Lizard-Fish). The soundtrack rocks with sweet old school reggae (this is a 1987 movie, after all).
Denzel Washington plays an overworked, righteous and heroic chief of police, endowed with a highly accurate intuition and overflowing with charm. Ladies, he is hot. His best friend, Maubee, is the prime suspect in a murder that makes no sense. Add to that suspicion and conspiracy and a ten thousand dollar bill, and you have a mystery sleeper that keeps you guessing and entertains consistently. Great for any audience.
The dialogue is rhythmic, musical -- the Jamaican accents are rich in variety, pleasing to the ear, comprehensible, and believable. Even Denzel's accent leaves nothing wanting.
I've lost count of how many times I've watched The Mighty Quinn solve this mystery while juggling his personal obligations. You will not regret getting this movie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laid-Back Island Fun December 28, 2003
There's very little I dislike about this movie. Okay, the swearing's a bit much, but everything else - the characters, the mystery, the music, the scenery - is incredibly enjoyable.
Denzel Washington portrays Police Chief Xavier Quinn, a cop who struggles for respect from a lower-class that sees him as a betrayer and an upper-class that has no use for him beyond that of lap dog. His character's development is an unsuspected surprise in what could have been just another run-of-the-mill tropical thriller.
Supporting characters played by Robert Townsend, Mimi Rogers, Esther Rolle, and M. Emmett Walsh are also surprisingly nuanced, as is the murder investigation itself. The only main character I didn't quite get is Sheryl Lee Ralph as Quinn's wife; her expectations for her husband seem ill-defined in the story - in keeping with the island custom, however, I didn't let it get to me; I just went with it.
This is a budget release, so except for the trailer there are no extra features. There isn't even an insert card showing chapter listing. Subtitles come only in French and Spanish, but the film is closed-captioned if you want the equivalent of English subtitling. I would've liked more features, but I'm not going to let that get to me, either.
Get this DVD. Then get some popcorn and pour some rum in your Coke - or at least drop in a tiny paper umbrella - and enjoy the show.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is REALLY cool!!! July 26, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Action/mystery with Denzel Washington as a Carribean cop investigating a murder which may implicate his childhood friend (Robert Townsend). Good plot, excellent supporting cast (Mimi Rogers, James Fox, Esther Rolle, Sheryl Lee Ralph), good locations, and an awsome reggae soundtrack add up to a solid picture. It has everything you need in a good video to rent or buy. If you are a Denzel fan, you're in for a speacial treat (I like his work, but am not a major fan and I loved this!!!).
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Colorful Mystery September 18, 2005
This colorful mystery harkens back to those old 1930's films of old friends like Gable and Powell who suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of the law. There is a fun flavor and lots of great music in Carl Schenkel's take on this genre from Hollywood's past. Denzel Washington charms his way through this film set on a Caribbean island where nothing is done in a big hurry.

Denzel is Xavier Quinn, an easygoing ex-marine who has returned to the island where he grew up and become the Chief of Police. On the outs with his wife Lola (Sheryl Lee Ralph), he spends most of the film trying to charm his way back into her good graces so he can be with her and his son, who idolizes him.

When someone important ends up dead, and Thomas Elgin (James Foxx) wants Quinn to accept on blind faith how it happened, Quinn can smell something funny through the clear blue waters and goes fishing. Complicating things is Elgin's desire to pin the murder on Quinn's old childhood friend, Maubee (Robert Townsend).

Maubee is an island legend, loved and protected like Robin Hood. He is a likable guy who has never grown up. When someone compares him to Peter Pan, Quinn laughs and explains he's more like Bugs Bunny. Quinn has doubts Maubee would kill anyone. When a currency which doesn't even exist starts showing up, he knows more is going on here than meets the eye.

A couple of people end up murdered while Quinn tries to patch up things with Lola, look for Maubee, and avoid sleeping with both a lovely island girl, and the very sexy wife of Thomas Elgin, Hadley (Mimi Rogers). Rogers is especially terrific here and burns up the screen in every scene she's in.

Screen legend Keye Luke has a good role as Quinn's old friend, Dr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the mighty quin
i love this actor and it was filmed in Ja,maica man Denzel was much younger the so he was at his prime and i love him in his white suit i owned it on vha the things they put movies... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Enid Sabri
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
Been looking for this movie for sometime now.....this movie is one of my absolute favorite movie ever !!! Love it!!!
Published 1 month ago by kerriann
5.0 out of 5 stars My Mighty Quinn
I just love this movie. Always been a Denzel Washington fan. Not to mention Robert Townsen was good too. Good movie.
Published 1 month ago by Blu
5.0 out of 5 stars This features a different side of Denzel, it is fun, interesting and...
OK so the film isn't for everybody and I probably missed the meaning of it. I did however like the feel of a carib island, and the interesting people involved in this murder... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Who cares
5.0 out of 5 stars Check out Denzel :-)
This has been one of my favorite movies for years. Denzel is beautiful in this movie in his white uniform! Glad I bought it.
Published 3 months ago by Marcella Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I shared this video with others who loved it too Denzel Washington is a great actor. Loved the music in it as well
Published 3 months ago by ELLEN CUNNINGHAM
5.0 out of 5 stars service
Great service!! Got this for my nephew as he requested it for Christmas. Packaged nice and looks like it will stand up for a while against him!
Published 4 months ago by sonya Hicks
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Film
Interesting in showing how even in somewhat modern times politics rears its ugly head. The colonial police are shown to be beholding to the richer landed white owners even though... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Abrams
2.0 out of 5 stars the mighty quinn
great value but I was disappointed in the movie. it was one of denzels first films, you can catch glimses of his great acting
Published 6 months ago by kells
3.0 out of 5 stars Caribbean Experience
The general atmosphere of the Caribbean experience under this comedy is reasonably accurate and the mood it creates. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joe D. White
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