No Mercy (1986)

R | 105 mins | Drama, Romance | 19 December 1986

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HISTORY

       An 8 Jul 1983 DV news item reported that actor Nick Nolte had agreed to play the lead role in New Orleans, the film’s working title, and actor Lou Gossett, Jr. was under consideration to costar with Nolte. Neither Nolte nor Gossett, Jr. appeared in the film.
       A 10 Jan 1986 DV production chart announced that principal photography on The Louisiana Project, another working title of the film, began 6 Jan 1986 in New Orleans, LA.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files and a 14 Feb 1986 LADN brief, the production filmed in various Chicago, IL, locations including That Steak Joynt restaurant, the Area 3 Detective Division police station, and a rundown diner located underneath the El train. Beside deserted railroad tracks, production designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein’s art department recreated the Chicago stockyards. In New Orleans, the company filmed scenes of the Vieux Carré Police Station at a tourist information center with Old New Orleans murals on the walls. The A. C. Lewis mansion in Baton Rouge, LA, doubled as the Deveneux family home, and the city sheriff’s department provided a holding cell for use during a tense scene. The production moved to Wilmington, NC, in mid-Feb to soundstages owned by the DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group for the remainder of the shoot, where an Algiers Street exterior was built. Von Brandenstein’s team also constructed the Blue Parrot Club in an empty warehouse adjacent to Wilmington Harbor, which stood in for the Mississippi River.

      End credits state: “Filmed on location in Wilmington, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and at DEG Film ... More Less

       An 8 Jul 1983 DV news item reported that actor Nick Nolte had agreed to play the lead role in New Orleans, the film’s working title, and actor Lou Gossett, Jr. was under consideration to costar with Nolte. Neither Nolte nor Gossett, Jr. appeared in the film.
       A 10 Jan 1986 DV production chart announced that principal photography on The Louisiana Project, another working title of the film, began 6 Jan 1986 in New Orleans, LA.
       According to production notes in AMPAS library files and a 14 Feb 1986 LADN brief, the production filmed in various Chicago, IL, locations including That Steak Joynt restaurant, the Area 3 Detective Division police station, and a rundown diner located underneath the El train. Beside deserted railroad tracks, production designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein’s art department recreated the Chicago stockyards. In New Orleans, the company filmed scenes of the Vieux Carré Police Station at a tourist information center with Old New Orleans murals on the walls. The A. C. Lewis mansion in Baton Rouge, LA, doubled as the Deveneux family home, and the city sheriff’s department provided a holding cell for use during a tense scene. The production moved to Wilmington, NC, in mid-Feb to soundstages owned by the DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group for the remainder of the shoot, where an Algiers Street exterior was built. Von Brandenstein’s team also constructed the Blue Parrot Club in an empty warehouse adjacent to Wilmington Harbor, which stood in for the Mississippi River.

      End credits state: “Filmed on location in Wilmington, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; New Orleans, Louisiana; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and at DEG Film Studios Inc.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
8 Jul 1983.
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Daily Variety
10 Jan 1986.
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Hollywood Reporter
15 Dec 1986
p. 4, 9.
Los Angeles Daily News
14 Feb 1986.
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Los Angeles Times
19 Dec 1986
p. 6.
New York Times
19 Dec 1986
p. 22.
Variety
17 Dec 1986
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Tri-Star Pictures Presents
A D. Costantine Conte Production
From Tri-Star-Delphi IV and V Productions
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Exec prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Underwater cam op
Rigging gaffer
Elec best boy
Still photog
Still photog
Cam scenic
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Prod designer's asst
Storyboards
FILM EDITORS
1st asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
Leadman
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Draftsman
Draftsman
Prop master
Asst prop master
Const coord
Scenic chargeman
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward supv
Cost designer's asst
MUSIC
Supv mus ed
Segue Music
Assoc mus ed
Mus supv
SOUND
Audio programming
Supv sd ed
Supv sd ed
ADR supv
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Asst sd ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Asst sd ed
Prod sd mixer
Loop group coord
Boom op
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff supv
Spec eff
Spec eff
Spec eff
Main titles by
Title des
MAKEUP
Makeup & hair des
Makeup artist
Ms. Basinger's hair & makeup by
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Post prod facility
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Unit pub
Dialect coach
Addl Chicago casting
Addl Chicago casting
Addl Los Angeles casting
Addl Los Angeles casting
Extras casting
Casting asst
Casting assoc
Transportation coord
Prod accountant
Asst accountant
Prod coord
Post prod coord
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod secy
Prod secy
Asst to the prod
Asst to the prod
Asst to Mr. Pearce
Asst to Mr. Hausman
Asst to Mr. Gere
Asst to Ms. Basinger
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col timer
in
[Col]
SOURCES
SONGS
"Our Love (Theme From 'No Mercy')," written by Michael McDonald and David Pack, performed by Michael McDonald, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
"Shotgun," performed by Junior Walker, courtesy of Motown Records Corp.
"Need A Friend," performed by Mighty Joe Young, courtesy of Ovation Records and Bug Music.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Louisiana Project
New Orleans
Release Date:
19 December 1986
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 19 December 1986
Production Date:
began 6 January 1986
Copyright Claimant:
Tri-Star Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 June 1987
Copyright Number:
PA333102
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Lenses
Panaflex® Camera and Lenses by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
105
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27904
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Detectives Eddie Jillette and Joe Collins work undercover at a Chicago, Illinois, car wash, and apprehend a driver, Angles Ryan, carrying marijuana in a paper bag on his front seat. At the police station, Eddie and Joe press Angles for more information. Hoping to get his charges reduced, Angles claims that an anonymous New Orleans, Louisiana, gangster hired him to kill a man later that night at the Stockyard Inn, accompanied by a beautiful girl with a parrot tattoo on her shoulder. Eddie wants to follow up the lead with a stakeout, and persuades Joe to join him. At the Inn, the partners locate businessman Paul Deveneux and his companion with the tattoo, Michel Duval. Paul wants to hire the partners to assassinate a New Orleans gangster. Soon, Eddie takes Paul for a ride, and Joe escorts Michel back to her hotel. As they drive, Paul explains that the gangster “owns” Michel, and when they stop at a railroad crossing, Eddie notices they are being followed. He jumps from the car, but Paul’s safety belt jams. A hired killer shoots and Paul is killed as the car explodes. Losado, the gangster leader, and his men chase Eddie through the stockyards. Losado kills several cattle, but Eddie escapes. At Michel’s hotel, Losado stabs Joe to death. By the time Eddie reaches Michel’s hotel room, all he finds is Joe’s dead body. From his hospital bed, Eddie gives Joe’s wife, Alice, a sanitized version of events. Through her tears, Alice says that Joe loved Eddie, and gives him her husband’s police badge. Meanwhile, Captain Stemkowski wants to know the details of Joe’s death. Stemkowski is exasperated because Eddie ... +


Detectives Eddie Jillette and Joe Collins work undercover at a Chicago, Illinois, car wash, and apprehend a driver, Angles Ryan, carrying marijuana in a paper bag on his front seat. At the police station, Eddie and Joe press Angles for more information. Hoping to get his charges reduced, Angles claims that an anonymous New Orleans, Louisiana, gangster hired him to kill a man later that night at the Stockyard Inn, accompanied by a beautiful girl with a parrot tattoo on her shoulder. Eddie wants to follow up the lead with a stakeout, and persuades Joe to join him. At the Inn, the partners locate businessman Paul Deveneux and his companion with the tattoo, Michel Duval. Paul wants to hire the partners to assassinate a New Orleans gangster. Soon, Eddie takes Paul for a ride, and Joe escorts Michel back to her hotel. As they drive, Paul explains that the gangster “owns” Michel, and when they stop at a railroad crossing, Eddie notices they are being followed. He jumps from the car, but Paul’s safety belt jams. A hired killer shoots and Paul is killed as the car explodes. Losado, the gangster leader, and his men chase Eddie through the stockyards. Losado kills several cattle, but Eddie escapes. At Michel’s hotel, Losado stabs Joe to death. By the time Eddie reaches Michel’s hotel room, all he finds is Joe’s dead body. From his hospital bed, Eddie gives Joe’s wife, Alice, a sanitized version of events. Through her tears, Alice says that Joe loved Eddie, and gives him her husband’s police badge. Meanwhile, Captain Stemkowski wants to know the details of Joe’s death. Stemkowski is exasperated because Eddie does not know the name of the New Orleans gangster, and says the Louisiana police department refuses to investigate Joe’s death. However, Eddie is determined to avenge his friend’s murder. In New Orleans, Eddie meets with Paul’s cousin, Allan Deveneux, and Paul’s wife, Susan. Upon Eddie’s questioning, Susan reveals that she knows little about her husband’s business or personal affairs. Allan knows nothing about Paul’s relationship with Michel Duval and escorts Eddie to the door. Although Eddie wants to examine Paul’s personal papers, telephone records, credit card statements and address book, Allen refuses to cooperate. Eddie waits until Allan leaves home, and purposely rams his car into Allan’s, and makes it clear that he wants to find the person, responsible for killing his partner. Calmly, Allan tells Eddie he has just made a big mistake. Later, Eddie thinks someone is following him as he wanders the streets. He ducks into an alley and ambushes two men, who happen to be New Orleans police officers. Lieutenant Hall says that Allan Deveneux filed a complaint against Eddie, and hands him the paperwork. Hall orders Eddie to leave town in the morning. Instead, Eddie visits the Algiers section of town after noting the address written on the complaint. He stops at a tattoo parlor, where he finds Cara Jones, the passenger in Allan Deveneux’s car earlier in the day. Cara claims that she does not know Michel, but as Eddie studies pictures of parrot tattoo artwork hanging on the wall, his instinct tells him otherwise. Later, Eddie investigates a seedy afterhours nightclub, and sees Michel dancing. In the restroom, Eddie arrests Michel and handcuffs her. As Eddie leads Michel out of the club, several gunmen pursue them. Eddie and Michel steal a car, and drive through a phalanx of shooters. A truck pursues them until they drive off a pier. Losado’s man searches the wreck, and announces that Eddie and Michel have escaped. As Losado’s thugs spread throughout the waterfront, Eddie kills one of Losado’s men in the water, steals a rowboat and narrowly misses being run over by Losado’s barge. The next day, Eddie guides the boat through the swamp. Michel becomes hysterical and wants the handcuffs removed, but Eddie claims he lost the key in the water. Michel punches him, and the boat drifts away. As they hike through shallow waters, Eddie wants to know why she and Losado arranged for Paul Deveneux’s death, what she stands to gain and how his partner, Joe, was killed. Michel tells him that Losado runs Algiers, but he is not her boyfriend. When she was thirteen-years-old, her mother sold her to Losado for a house and some money. When Michel taunts him, Eddie tells her she will go to jail for her crimes. At night, they find an empty shack with water but no food. Michel discovers a crawfish trap on the pier. She dumps the catch on the table, and shows Eddie how to eat the raw fish. Later, they wash in the shower. Eddie confesses that his wife left him and wipes the dirt from Michel’s face. Then, he reminds himself that she saw Joe get killed and did nothing. She claims that he knows nothing about her, and that Losado will kill him. The owners of the shack return, but they only speak Cajun and do not understand that Eddie is a police officer and Michel is his prisoner. One man fondles Michel, but understands Eddie’s warning to stop touching Losado’s woman. Outside, as they are led by gunpoint, Eddie and Michel see migrants being herded into a truck with Deveneux’s name. Eddie overpowers his aggressor and steals his rifle. He shoots the handcuffs in half and the two drive off in a stolen car. Eddie comments that Deveneux was in business with Losado, who supplied him with cheap labor. Eddie wants to know what Michel was doing with Deveneux in Chicago, and why he wanted to kill Losado. She explains that killing Losado was the only way Deveneux could free her, but he did not expect anything in return. Eddie brings Michel to the police department, but he is arrested, even though he identifies himself as an officer. Later, when Capt. Stemkowski makes a special trip to authorize Eddie’s release, he and Lt. Hall have words. Soon, the captain and Eddie listen as Allan Deveneux summarizes Michel’s deposition, saying that Eddie presented himself as a killer for hire in Chicago and since no one saw Michel at the hotel at the time of Joe’s death, criminal proceedings against her should be dropped. The captain apologizes and says that Eddie is needed back in Chicago to identify a prime suspect. However, Deveneux insists that Eddie is dangerous and unstable and threatens to send him to jail. As Michel leaves, Hall asks her to sign some paperwork and Eddie overhears Deveneux say that she cannot read. Losado waits in a car outside the station to drive Michel home. He observes the black and blue marks on her wrist, and says if she runs away again he will kill her. He thinks it is time for her to have a baby and she agrees without enthusiasm. After Michel leaves, Losado tells a subordinate to watch her every move. At the airport, Capt. Stemkowski removes a suitcase from a locker that contains a high-powered gun and rifle kit, and presents it to Eddie with instructions to finish off Losado. Eddie returns to Algiers and checks into an inn. Later, Michel appears and warns that he should escape while he still can, but he admits that she is the reason he is still in Louisiana. Michel is afraid Losado will kill Eddie and pleads for him to leave. He kisses her and they make love. Later, Eddie orders Michel to go away. She wants to start a new life with him, but he claims he does not care about her. Devastated, Michel leaves, and Eddie regrets his harsh words. Losado and his gang arrive at Eddie’s hotel, and burst into his room but it is empty. When Losado smells Michel’s scent on a bed pillow, he confronts the subordinate who allowed the rendezvous to happen and slashes his throat. As the man falls over the railing, he lands a few feet from where Eddie is hiding in a telephone booth. As Losado’s men search the hallway, Eddie begins a shooting spree. When all Losano’s men are down, the gangster grabs a rifle and peers at Eddie from the staircase. Eddie fires one shot, and a station wagon crashes into the hotel lobby. More Losado men emerge from the vehicle and their barrage of shots sets the car on fire. In the scramble, Eddie is separated from his weapons. However, Michel appears and Losado warns her to leave, but she bargains to save Eddie’s life in exchange for her freedom. When Losado demands a sign of her loyalty, she draws closer to give him a kiss. Eddie begins shooting after stealing a gun from the dead body of one of Losado’s men, and Michel runs to him. Eddie and Michel hide in the hotel’s Victorian elevator as it climbs to the second floor. They take cover in a hotel room and Losado crashes through a wall. The men wrestle with Losado’s rifle between them but soon he tosses the weapon aside and pulls out a knife. With the blade only inches away from Eddie’s throat, he forces it into Losado’s neck. As the life drains from Losado’s body, Eddie attaches Joe’s police badge to the front of Losado’s coat. As the lovers watch the burning building from the street, Eddie recites all his faults and invites Michel to come live with him. When she accepts, they kiss and walk off arm in arm.
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