The Glass Shield (1994)

Director: Charles Burnett

Writer(s): Charles Burnett, John Eddie Johnson

Starring: Erich Anderson, Richard Anderson, Thomas Babson, Monty Bane, Ernie Lee Banks, Michael Boatman, Jean Hubbard-Boone, James Boyce, Gaye Shannon-Burnett, Bernie Casey, Linden Chiles, Janet Claire, Victor Contreras, Wanda De Jesus, Bill Dearth, Marcia del Mar, Victoria Dillard, Mkeba W. Dunn, LoveLeigh, Jim Fitzpatrick, Eric Fleeks, Patricia Forte, Elliott Gould, Michael Gregory, Jim Hardie, Don Harvey, Tommy Redmond Hicks, Arthur Horst, Ice Cube, James Ingersoll, Michael Ironside, Kyle Scott Jackson, Kimble Jemison, Richard Kuss, Michael R. Larson, Joanne K. Liebeler, David Lodge, Rod McFall, Christine McGraw, David McKnight, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Natalija Nogulich, Dino Parks, Lori Petty, Sy Richardson, Al Rodrigo, José Ramón Rosario, Ed Ruffalo, Lee Ryan, Jason Saffran, Greta Sesheta, Drew Snyder, Corbin Timbrook, Joseph Walsh, M. Emmet Walsh, Donnice Wilson, Gary Wood, Biff Yeager, Patrick Flanagan

Synopsis: J.J. is a rookie in the Sheriff’s Department and the first black officer at that station. Racial tensions run high in the department as some of J.J.’s fellow officers resent his presence. His only real friend is the other new trooper, the first female officer to work there, who also suffers similar discrimination in the otherwise all-white-male work environment. When J.J. becomes increasingly aware of police corruption during the murder trial of Teddy Woods, who he helped to arrest, he faces difficult decisions and puts himself into great personal danger in the service of justice.

Release Date: June 2, 1995 (USA) | Length: 109 min | Genre: Crime, Drama | MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense dramatic material.

 

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