Code of Silence

Chuck Norris is the Boy Scout version of Clint Eastwood—Clean Harry—and his stolid demeanor and moral smugness always tip his films into preachiness. This 1985 effort is less affected than most, perhaps because Norris has been buffered by a large and colorful cast of character actors, and because the screenplay (by far the most professional he's ever had, and originally written, it seems, for Eastwood) moves smoothly and logically from one action setup to the next without leaving too much time for Norris's sermons. Director Andy Davis (The Fugitive) shoots this tale of a cop caught up in a drug war crisply and economically, and he has an insider's feel for Chicago locations and accents. There aren't any surprises here, but the film is honorable, relatively honest genre work—an increasingly rare species. With Henry Silva and Bert Remsen.

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