No Mercy (1986 film)

No Mercy is a 1986 American crime thriller film starring Richard Gere and Kim Basinger about a policeman who accepts an offer to kill a Cajun gangster. The film grossed over $12 million domestically.[2]

No Mercy
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Pearce
Written byJim Carabatsos
Produced byD. Constantine Conte
CinematographyMichel Brault
Edited byGerald B. Greenberg
Bill Yahraus
Music byAlan Silvestri
Delphi Productions
Distributed byTriStar Pictures
Release date
  • December 19, 1986 (1986-12-19)
Running time
108 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$14 million[1]
Box office$12,303,904


Eddie Jilette is a Chicago cop on the vengeance trail as he follows his partner's killers to New Orleans to settle his own personal score. Eddie flees through the Louisiana bayous with Michel Duval, the beautiful Cajun mistress of a murderous crime lord who aims to destroy the Chicago detective before he can avenge his partner's murder. Michel and Eddie fall for each other, although they clash repeatedly while handcuffed together as they attempt to elude the brutal underworld figure and his henchmen.



Critical responseEdit

No Mercy received poor reviews from critics and currently holds a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 16 reviews,[3] though reviewers did praise Gere's performance and the film's atmosphere.[4][5]


  1. ^ "The Unstoppables". Spy. November 1988. p. 92.
  2. ^ "Box Office Mojo > Box Office By Movie". Archived from the original on 2004-09-10.
  3. ^ No Mercy at Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Schwartz, Dennis (June 7, 2015). "No Mercy". Ozus' World Movie Reviews. Retrieved April 8, 2019. Gere is convincing and makes it watchable.
  5. ^ Ebert, Roger (December 19, 1986). "No Mercy Movie Review". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved April 8, 2019. But up until then, "No Mercy" is an above-average film noir, and its creepy feeling for the back streets of New Orleans and the sultry evil of its red-light suburbs got under my skin.

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