Synopsis: Someone does a nasty hatchet job on a San Fransisco big noise and the Assistant D.A. takes charge of the investigation. Through a web of blackmail and prostitution involving the Governor, an old lover of the lawman emerges as a prime suspect and he has to deal with his personal feelings as well as the case.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): William Friedkin
Production: Paramount
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min


Get the hell

out of my house!

Put that down.

What the hell's wrong with you?

Don't! Please!

No! For heaven's...

No. God, no! Please!

I'm gonna miss you.

I think you should canceI

your trip to LA.

I really do.

I will if you'll

canceI your triaI.

If I do, Mr. Murphy goes

to jaiI for 30 years.

He deserves it.

How could you defend

that son of a b*tch, anyway?

Ever hear

of the Sixth Amendment?

He's entitled to the best

counseI he can buy...

I mean get.

You got it right

the first time, honey.

You have to

understand something.

Mr. Murphy doesn't see himself

as a son of a b*tch.

He gives to charities.

He reads bedtime stories

to his kids.

You're breaking my heart, Matt.

Getting slow

in your old age, Gavin?

Thank you for inviting me.

It was Matt's idea.

It was?

He couldn't believe you never

went to a black-and-white ball.

I had other priorities.


Is everything Matt's idea?

You look beautifuI.


It's past your bedtime, David.

I love you, Trina.

Telephone call

for Mr. Corelli.

Mr. Corelli, there's a phone

call for you in the lounge.

Where's your phone?




OK. I'll be right there.

David, was it something I said?

Kyle Medford's dead.


Oh, my God.

I just saw him today.

You did?

Yes. We talked about the new

Matisse for the museum.

What happened?

He was murdered.

- It's a freak show.

- I'm not here.

- Who's in charge?

- Hargrove and Vasko.

- You on call?

- Yep.

You just hit the jackpot.


We guess time of death

about four hours ago.

Want to look upstairs?


Get these people out.

They're stepping on evidence.

Black tie, Mr. Prosecutor?

Four separate cuts.

Two to the jugular.

Take a look

at this little goody.

Some kind of an African hatchet.

It's a fertility mask.

The maid says he collected them.

He was wearing it

when she found him.

The maid came back about eight

after seeing a movie.

She found him like this.

The weapon belongs to him.

It'll be tough

to show premeditation.

This is rage.

Make sure we get

some random blood samples.

Let's print the toilet.

Maybe he took a leak.

Or she.

Get anything in here?

I got some prints

off the tea set.

We'll wrap it.

It won't be a problem.

I'll send the ID tech guy

the prints.

The lab clear this room?

Yeah, they're done.

See if we can get

a hit this time.

Um... That bothers me.

See where he is with his work.


Let's get these to the lab.

What are they?

Well, either he

collected pubic hair,

or he's auditioning

for a ClairoI ad.

We're all done.

Paramedics are finishing up.

- We're heading out.

- Right.

Don't log this untiI I say, OK?

- What is it?

- I'll tell you later.

Prints on the hatchet.

Perfect 14-pointers.

Do I get a warrant

on phone records?

His privacy's gone.

The media will make it

into a gangbang.

Everything goes through me.

You gotta be loving this sh*t.

I'm sorry?

Next year's an election year.

Good to see you.

Good to see you, too, Corelli.

Better bring Clifford

up to speed.

- What are you laughing at?

- I'm not.

Next year is an election year,

isn't it?

Is it? We'll talk later.

Yeah. See you.

- David, Mr. Wong.

- Mr. Wong.

Ask Mr. Wong

if he recognises this.

It was bought at his store.

It's good silver

from Chiang-Su in China.

Did he do the engraving?

No. It was done in Hong Kong.

For who?

It was made for a rich man here.

A gift from a beautifuI woman.

Ask him what this means.

It means jade.


- Morning, HaI.

- Morning, Mr. Gavin.

Thank you.


See you in a couple of days.

OK. I'll call you.

Be good.

Always. You be carefuI.

- Morning, Mrs. Gavin.

- Morning.

Would you care for breakfast?

Er... just some coffee.

We're ready, Mrs. Gavin.


you are holy, indeed,

and all Creation

rightly gives you praise.

AII life, all holiness

comes from you,

through your son

Jesus Christ, our Lord,

by the working of

the Holy Spirit.

From age to age, you gather

people to yourself

so that from east to west,

an offering may be made

to the glory of your name.

And so, Father,

we bring you these gifts.

We ask you to make them holy

by the power of your spirit,

that they may become for us

the body and blood of your son

our Lord Jesus Christ...

What are you doing here?

I took Trina to the airport.

Free for lunch?

You see the papers?

It's the case you've been

dreaming about.

It will put your ambitious ass

into the big office.

You'll be the next DA

of San Francisco.

Where did she go?

- LA for a few days.

- Think she's coming back?

Maybe when we get a divorce,

you can marry her.


She said you were

a terrible lover.

She lies

to protect your fraiI ego.

She said that's why

she chose me.

Everybody makes mistakes.

You finally admit that.

- You still playing?

- Sure.

- See you at 1:

- Take your best shot.

Medford had money problems.

Last year he lost $8 million

on the yen.

That's what he gets

for betting the yen.

And there's something else.

We've got a problem.

Only if we make it a problem.

We found a roll of film

in Medford's safe.

- This a gag?

- No gag.

Those pictures are not relevant

to this investigation.

Who's the girl?

Now, that

is a relevant question.

Let's find her.

We don't know anything

about her.

It's a waste of time.

We know one thing...

she's not a nun.

What about the, um... gentleman?

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Joe Eszterhas

József A. "Joe" Eszterhas (; Hungarian: [ˈjoːʒɛf ˈɛstɛrhaːʃ]; born November 23, 1944) is a Hungarian-American writer. He wrote the screenplays for the films Flashdance, Jagged Edge, Basic Instinct and Showgirls. He has also written several books, including an autobiography entitled Hollywood Animal, American Rhapsody and Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith. more…

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