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  • 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: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 6, 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000542CJ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Mighty Quinn" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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

Customer Reviews

It has a good who done it story line and a great cast.
Mannys' Mom
Thanks to the fine actor Denzel Washington that his co-star the beautiful and talented Sheryl Lee Ralph began one of her greatest performances and recognition.
A Customer
There's just a genuine "feel good" element to this movie that makes you want to watch it again and again.
M. Bell

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Godwin Olivier on March 16, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This movie instantly became one of my top three favorite movies of all time. I went on Amazon.com 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. T. Mikesell on December 28, 2003
Format: DVD
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 By A Customer on July 26, 1999
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 By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on September 18, 2005
Format: DVD
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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