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Black Rain Academy Award Nomination! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Tom Keogh

A guilty pleasure if ever there was one, Black Rain is a ridiculously entertaining thriller by Ridley Scott (Alien), starring Michael Douglas as a tough New York cop who--along with his partner (Andy Garcia)--goes to Japan to deliver a local mobster. When the latter escapes, Douglas's brand of gonzo crime fighting rubs his Japanese hosts the wrong way. Slick, mechanistic, and absurd, the film is all surface action and attitude (not to mention Scott's incredibly busy, trademark art direction); and one can get lost in the sheer indulgence of it. However, if you can buy Douglas as an iconoclastic lawman, you can buy anything else here, including the notion of Kate Capshaw as a blonde escort highly desired by Japanese businessmen.

Academy Awards

Black Rain received Academy Awards nominations for Best Achievement in Sound (Donald O. Mitchell, Kevin O'Connell, Greg Russell, Keith A. Wester) and for Best Achievement in Sound Effects Editing (Milton C. Burrow, William L. Manger) .

 

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Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw

Released: September 22, 1989

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