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The Glass Shield (Miramax Collector's Series)
The Glass Shield
Miramax Collector's Series
Actors: Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Erich Anderson, Richard Anderson, Bernie Casey
Director: Charles Burnett
Genres: Drama, African American Cinema
PG-13     2005     1hr 49min

In a world filled with violence his only weapon is the truth. J.J. Johnson is an african-american rookie cop who believes in cleaning up the streets. This leads him to falsely accuse an innocent man of murder. When inconsi...  more »


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Actors: Michael Boatman, Lori Petty, Erich Anderson, Richard Anderson, Bernie Casey
Director: Charles Burnett
Creators: Charles Burnett, Carolyn Schroeder, Chet Walker, Michael D. Aglion, Patrick Peach, John Eddie Johnson, Ned Welsh
Genres: Drama, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Drama, African American Cinema
Studio: Miramax
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/16/2005
Original Release Date: 06/02/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 06/02/1995
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 49min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

John B. (FilmFanwithCat) from MENLO PARK, CA
Reviewed on 9/5/2013...
Ice Cube does carry the movie.
Makes things more interesting within the boundaries of a common plot,
and a fairly plain script.(9.5.2013)

Movie Reviews

A deserving special edition for this movie
Cubist | United States | 09/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Charles Burnett is one of America's most underrated filmmakers working today. Unlike his African-American contemporary, Spike Lee, he is not an outspoken personality in his own right, preferring to let the work speak for itself. In many respects, his films are self-aware in terms of social conscience as John Sayles' own work. As a result, Burnett also finds it hard to get his movies widely distributed. The Glass Shield was his attempt to reach a wider audience by having Miramax distribute it. Sadly, like Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, it was subjected to the same lackluster release by Miramax head honcho, Harvey Weinstein and promptly disappeared.

Stylistically, Burnett is not as in-your-face as Spike Lee, preferring to let the content and the characters deliver his message. That's not to say his films don't have their own style-The Glass Shield is a well-shot movie (adopting a colour scheme that reflects Johnson's comic book fantasies)-it just doesn't cause unnecessary attention to itself.

There is an audio commentary by writer/director Charles Burnett and composer Stephen James Taylor. Burnett points out that the cops are conditioned not to trust anyone before they are sent out on patrol and this often explains their hostile behaviour on the streets. This is an intelligent, conversational track with lots of excellent observations by both men with some good stories told by Burnett.

"A Conversation with Charles Burnett" is a featurette that alternates between clips from the movie and Burnett talking.

"Film Scoring with Stephen James Taylor" explores this composer's creative process. He drew from all kinds of musical genres with Negro spiritual melodies as the score's heart. He also talks about the origins of key musical cues from the movie.

Finally, there is a theatrical trailer."
A cop movie anyone could love
SBLove99 | New Orleans, La. | 07/28/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One of the most acurate portrayals of american police departments in the good ole USA. A good story told from a real perspective. Intense drama,lying racist cops,and brilliant African-American & Latino lawyers. The story follows two naive young rookie cops, a black male and a white female, who learn a hard lesson about trying to join an all white male police department they really don't belong in. The only other accurate potrayal of dirty cops on film, that I know of is "Dark Blue" with Kurt Russell. Check it out."
Highly Recommended.
SBLove99 | 11/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was pretty good. I started watchin this movie with my friends and they said it was a LA CONFIDENTIAL ripoff. I think that it wasn't and i think it was awesome."