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Film / Internal Affairs

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Internal Affairs is a 1990 crime thriller film starring Richard Gere and Andy García.

Dennis Peck is a crooked cop uses his fellow officers to get the things he wants. IAD (Internal Affairs Division) detective Raymond Avila becomes obsessed with exposing Peck's corruption.


  • Amicable Exes: Peck and his ex-wife have a good relationship.
  • Asshole Victim: Van Stretch is a racist, violent and drug-addicted dirty cop who abuses his wife. So it’s easy not to feel sorry for him when Peck sets him up to be killed.
  • Book-Ends: The movie begins and ends in a couple's apartment.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Kathy becomes jealous of Raymond's relationship with Amy, bitterly calling her Raymond's "girlfriend".
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Peck deliberately involves this in Raymond by convincing Raymond that his wife is having an affair with him.
  • Dirty Cop: Dennis Peck is this trope to the extreme. He plants evidence, plots to kill others for a price, and killed Van Stretch to make sure the officer wouldn't confess about his crimes.
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  • Easily Forgiven: Kathy forgives Raymond for his violent outburst towards her after slapping him a few times and having passionate sex.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: A slimy Dirty Cop he may be, but Peck does genuinely love his family.
  • Ironic Echo: When Peck starts making inappropriate comments about Kathy cheating on Raymond, the former punches the latter twice before throwing a handkerchief to him and saying "clean yourself up". A few scenes later, Peck makes an elaborate ruse to make Raymond think Kathy is having an affair; they confront one another in an elevator, Peck beats up Raymond, and throws white underwear in Raymond's face, saying the same words Raymond said earlier.
  • Noble Bigot with a Badge:
    • Raymond at one point refers to Amy as a "dyke" when his wife becomes jealous of their relationship. He's still a noble cop who develops a genuine bond with her.
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    • Subverted with Van Stretch. He scoffs at one of his collars claiming an unjust arrest by "nigger talk". He's also a Dirty Cop who smacks his wife around.
  • Papa Wolf: The tipping point that leads to Peck's breakdown was officers questioning his family.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Peck attempts to force Kathy to have sex with him.
  • Revised Ending: The original ending of the movie was different. After the entire scene where Peck kills Arrocases, and wounds Wallace and Raymond taking her to the hospital, Raymond calls his wife Kathy to tell her to lock the door, fearing that Peck will come after her. Peck, however, manages to sneak into their house and starts terrorizing her. He makes her take his shoe off and start cleaning his wounded foot, while at the same time, he starts talking to her in a very perverse, sexual way. When Raymond finally gets home, Peck is holding Kathy and keeps her mouth covered, so that she can't warn him, and then he gets shot by Peck. As Peck smiles at him, and prepares to kill Kathy, heavily wounded Raymond manages to run at him, crashing both of them out the window and into the swimming pool. Peck tries to drown Raymond, but Raymond manages to get his gun and shoots Peck, killing him, but he almost ends up drowning. Kathy then jumps into the pool and manages to get him out, and after desperate attempts to revive him and screaming at him not to die, he wakes up, vomits and as he does so Peck's dead body bobs out right next to them. Kathy starts laughing after Raymond revives, and the two of them then hold each other, as the ambulance is heard coming. According to what director Mike Figgis said in his book Liebestraum, this ending was removed and changed, because it didn't test well with audience during test screening of his original cut of the film. This is why Figgis wrote and filmed a new ending for the final theatrical version. However, several parts of the original ending are shown in theatrical and television trailers of the film, and until this day, remain the only available parts of it.
  • Smug Snake: One of Peck's most defining traits is his smug superiority into his belief he can get away with anything.
  • Would Hit a Girl:
    • Van Stretch smacks Penny around.
    • After thinking Kathy and Peck are having an affair, Raymond smacks her during one of her parties.
    • Peck kills Tova, shoots Amy, and threatened to kill Kathy.

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