The Glass Shield

  • 1995
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • Crime, Drama

Uncommonly perceptive drama about race, crime, and masculinity in urban America from director Charles Burnett (To Sleep with Anger). J.J. Johnson (Michael Boatman) is a naive black cop whose loyalties are tested when his frankly racist colleagues hang a frame on Teddy Woods (Ice Cube), a low-life gangster who represents everything J.J. despises. Lori Petty...read more

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Uncommonly perceptive drama about race, crime, and masculinity in urban America from director Charles Burnett (To Sleep with Anger). J.J. Johnson (Michael Boatman) is a naive black cop whose loyalties are tested when his frankly racist colleagues hang a frame on

Teddy Woods (Ice Cube), a low-life gangster who represents everything J.J. despises. Lori Petty (Tank Girl) plays J.J.'s sole ally on the force; Michael Ironside is impressive as a renegade detective. The look is velvety, rich, and stylized; the tone is reflective and

ultimately tragic.

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  • Released: 1995
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Review: Uncommonly perceptive drama about race, crime, and masculinity in urban America from director Charles Burnett (To Sleep with Anger). J.J. Johnson (Michael Boatman) is a naive black cop whose loyalties are tested when his frankly racist colleagues hang a fr… (more)

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