Internal Affairs

Synopsis: Keen young Raymond Avila joins the Internal Affairs Department of the Los Angeles police. He and partner Amy Wallace are soon looking closely at the activities of cop Dennis Peck whose financial holdings start to suggest something shady. Indeed Peck is involved in any number of dubious or downright criminal activities. He is also devious, a womaniser, and a clever manipulator, and he starts to turn his attention on Avila.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Mike Figgis
Production: Paramount Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

- What the f***, man?

- Good morning, a**hole.

Not another word.

Hands above the blanket.

Get the f*** up. Hands down.

You sit right there! And shut up!

Police officer! Freeze!


You OK?

- Is he dead?

- Yeah.

He's dead.

I mean, he made a move, right?

I thought he was going for something.

There's no weapon, man.

Oh, man!

Hold it, Dennis. What are you doing,

man? What are you doing?

Hey, Dennis,

what are you doing, man?

It's up to you.

It's happened to all of us, man.

You're not alone.

Internal Affairs is the most

important division on the force.

We're the cops' cops.

We set the tone.

Therefore, every IAD officer must

avoid even the appearance of evil.

If cops are better than other people,

we have to be better than other cops.

Now, Los Angeles consistently has

the cleanest force in the country.

That's because of us.

Contrary to popular opinion,

the officers in the field

don't resent us.

Because we keep the force clean,

they have respect on the street.


let's get you started.

Yes, ma'am. Was it a two-unit car?

Listen up.

I want you to meet Raymond Avilla.

He'll be joining us as of today.

Detective Peters.

Did you get his name?

This is Smith, on the phone.

Detective Davies.

Nice to meet you.

And Sergeant Wallace,

who'll be your partner

and training officer.

Sergeant Wallace?

- Hi, Raymond Avilla.

- Amy Wallace, nice to meet you.

We're fine.


- Can I get you a coffee?

- No, I'm fine.

You wanna run and get me one?

I'm just kidding. That's your desk.

You wanna get started?

I got somebody waiting down the hall.


It's this guy.

He was picked up in the Valley.

He admits having some cocaine on him.

He says the arresting officer

planted a bag in his car

and beat up on him

and his girlfriend.

- Van Stretch.

- Yeah. You know him?

From the Academy.

Do you want to pass it on

to another team?


So, let's go.

It's right down the hall.

No, we'll drive out to the Valley.

Hey, Ramon! You old horse-thief!

Good to see you!

- And you! My old beat sergeant.

- I heard you made it to IAD.

- How's your wife?

- Still busting my chops.

Some things never change. Wallace.

This man is sharp.

He'll keep you dancing.

We report to Lieutenant Grieb

on the rare occasions we find him in!

Good to have you aboard.

Come and say hello.


OK, tell him to get here

as soon as he can!

- Who you talking to?

- Nobody.

- I said, who was that?

- It wasn't anybody.

- Don't hit me, Van.

- Did you call your boyfriend?

I don't have a boyfriend.

Don't have a boyfriend?

Then who the f***

are you out with all the time?

- Leave her alone!

- Get out, Sean!

Let go!

Hey, hey, hey!

What's going on there, pal?

What's going on?

You're having a lot of fun!

Get him out of here, Dennis!

Let's go for a walk. Look at this.

Look what's going on out here.

Get some air. I'll be right out.

- Are you all right?

- I've had it with him, Dennis.

Man, she's on somebody else's root!

I smell it on her, Dennis!

I didn't know

it was gonna be like this!

That's the way it is.

That's the way it is, isn't it?

How many cops do you know

that have nothing?

Divorced, alcoholic,

kids won't talk to them any more,

can't get it up.

They sit in their little apartments,

alone, in the dark,

playing lollipop

with a service revolver.

You get yourself together.

Do you hear me?

You get yourself together

or you're on your own.

When was the last time

you saw Van Stretch?

Couple of years ago.

Hey, could you get somebody to sub

for me at the Galleria on Sunday?

I gotta study

for the sergeant's exams.

No problem. Hey, Fred?

I need you to work Galleria Sunday.

Sh*t. I can't, I got Raiders tickets.


you see your kid on Sundays?

- Yeah.

- Give them to him.

What Oates said about your

fellow officers respecting you is,

as you know, complete crap.

Most cops hate our guts,

if they credit us with having any!

They think we went into IAD

for the promotions, which is true.

They're polite

cos they're afraid of us.

- Judson, you got messages for me?

- Yeah. You got 18!

I got better things to do

than be your answering service!

Yeah, it must get tense

behind that desk!

Everything's a joke

with you guys, right?


I'll be inside.

Holy sh*t!

Hey, Raymond Avilla

Dennis Peck, my partner.

- Hillerman case.

- Right. At the Academy.

- Very impressive.

- I got lucky.

- Hey, it's great to see you.

- Good to see you, Van.

What the hell are you doing here?

He's IAD.

He came to see you, man.

I'm gonna talk to you soon, OK?

It's OK.

He says you forced him

to empty his pockets.

I asked him to and he wouldn't.

- He said, "Keep your hands off."

- Why were they on him?

They weren't.

Look, he wouldn't empty his pockets!

What prompted you to search him?

He's a f***ing junkie!

It's obvious.

He's jumpy, fidgety, talking fast.

Why did you hit him, Van?

- I didn't.

- Yes, you did.

OK, I did.

They made a move for my gun!

They both made a move for your gun?

They say you provoked.

Come on,

you know that's n*gger bullshit!


You've had three 181s

for excessive force.

You're wearing a hole in the carpet!

I just stand up to a**holes.

We tested the stuff in his pocket

against what you found in the car.

So? What does that mean? He had

two stashes - to use and to sell.

I mean, if they were different.

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Henry Bean

Henry Bean (born 1945) is an American screenwriter, film director, film producer, novelist, and actor. Most famous as a screenwriter, Bean wrote the screenplays for Internal Affairs, Deep Cover, Venus Rising, The Believer, Basic Instinct 2 and Noise. The Believer was awarded the dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the 2001 Sundance Festival and the Golden St. George at the 23rd Moscow International Film Festival.Bean, who is Jewish, also acted in The Believer, and was a producer on Deep Cover and Noise. He was the director for The Believer and Noise. Bean is also the inspiration for the protagonist of Noise. He was so tired of constant noise around him and his home in New York that he decided to take the law into his own hands. If a car alarm was going off and the owner of the vehicle didn't rectify the situation, Bean would break into the car to disable the offending car alarm. Bean was eventually arrested and jailed. He admits to doing it a few more times since. more…

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