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The Mighty Quinn (1989)

When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier.

Director:

Carl Schenkel

Writers:

Albert Z. Carr (novel) (as A.H.Z. Carr), Hampton Fancher (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Xavier Quinn
James Fox ... Thomas Elgin
Mimi Rogers ... Hadley Elgin
M. Emmet Walsh ... Fred Miller
Sheryl Lee Ralph ... Lola Quinn
Art Evans ... Jump Jones
Esther Rolle ... Ubu Pearl
Norman Beaton Norman Beaton ... Governor Chalk
Alex Colon ... Jose Patina
Robert Townsend ... Maubee
Tyra Ferrell ... Isola
Carl Bradshaw Carl Bradshaw ... Cocodick
Maria McDonald Maria McDonald ... Jax
Fitz Weir Fitz Weir ... Athens
Baldwin Howe Baldwin Howe ... Bim
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Storyline

When police officer Xavier Quinn's childhood friend, Maubee, becomes associated with murder and a briefcase full of ten thousand dollar bills, The Mighty Quinn must clear his name. Or try to catch him, which could be even trickier.

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Taglines:

THE CHIEF OF POLICE AND THE CHIEF SUSPECT. They know each other too well to let a little thing like murder get in their way.


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Finding Maubee See more »

Filming Locations:

Port Antonio, Jamaica See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,429,306, 20 February 1989

Gross USA:

$4,557,214

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,557,214
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Quinn and Maubee fight briefly in a style resembling Capoeira, a martial art originally developed in Brazil. See more »

Goofs

When Fred Miller ties up Ubu Pearl in her wheelchair, he wraps her once then ties off the back, but from the front we see two wraps of the scarf around her. See more »

Quotes

Ubu Pearl: You try to come in here, I fight you!
Xavier: You fight me, I arrest you.
Ubu Pearl: You can't arrest me. I don't do nothing.
Xavier: [leans down and lowers his voice] You think I'm joking, Guma?
[She moves aside]
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Alternate Versions

An interracial love scene between Denzel Washington and Mimi Rogers was rumored to have been cut out of the film when it was learned both black and white test audiences didn't like it. See more »

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Featured in At the Movies: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

(I'M) HURTING INSIDE
Written by Bob Marley
Performed by Sheryl Lee Ralph with Cedella Marley and Sharon Marley Prendergast
Produced by Tyrone Downie
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It's always interesting to see cultures that we often forget about.
19 September 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

"The Mighty Quinn" is one of those movies that isn't a masterpiece by any stretch, but is interesting for what it shows. In this case, we get to see Jamaica, where sheriff Xavier Quinn (Denzel Washington) is investigating a murder and trying to clear his friend Maubee's (Robert Townsend) name. One of the most interesting scenes is when someone escapes from a house by climbing through the tin roof. Now there's a look at the Caribbean! Probably the best part of this movie is the soundtrack. Considering that it happens in the Caribbean, you know that there's got to be some great music. And you won't be disappointed. Like I said, "The Mighty Quinn" isn't a great movie or anything, but it's interesting for what it shows. See it if possible.


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