The Mighty Quinn
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Xavier Quinn (Denzel Washington) is police chief of a tiny Caribbean island. Quinn's efforts to straddle the fence between the local blacks and the moneyed whites have lost him the respect of both groups. When a murder is committed, Quinn suspects that the killer is Maubee (Robert Townsend), a notoriously elusive criminal who has become a folk hero to the locals. Despite various political pressures -- and the fact that he and Maubee were childhood friends-Quinn vows to solve the murder, and, if necessary, bring Maubee to justice. A mess of merry plot twists distinguish this diverting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Washington] gives the kind of smooth, funny, laid-back performance that could help make him the first black matinee idol since Sidney Poitier."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Pleasing comical murder mystery that takes place on a small Caribbean island."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A terrific mystery with a Caribbean beat; Denzel Washington needs to do more movies like this."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"With Fancher's dialogue and Washington's comedic timing, The Mighty Quinn is more fun than a cabana full of bananas."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"An award-worthy performance by Washington"
‑ Clint Morris, Tsunami Magazine
"Engrossing mystery in a unique setting"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The Mighty Quinn is a spy thriller, a buddy movie, a musical, a comedy and a picture that is wise about human nature. And yet with all of those qualities, it never seems to strain."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The colourful locale -- it was shot on the northeastern coast of Jamaica -- spices up the formulaic screenplay, which contains sentimental twaddle about identifying with one's culture."
‑ , Film4
"The film has the unmistakable (or maybe only semi-mistakable) feel of a television pilot."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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