The Mighty Quinn
Our next Rialto Recommends takes us to the Caribbean for 1989's THE MIGHY QUINN. On a small Caribbean island, police chief Xavier Quinn, played to perfection by Denzel Washington, investigates a murder where the prime suspect is Maubee, a charming local troublemaker and Quinn's childhood friend. As Quinn investigates further, the case proves to be more complex than it appears in this often comic mystery loaded with local color. A deft hybrid of laughs, espionage, and music, THE MIGHTY QUINN is a smart, pleasant entertainment that offers an early example of Denzel Washington's onscreen magnetism. In his four-star review Roger Ebert proclaimed "THE MIGHTY QUINN is a spy thriller, a buddy movie, a musical, a comedy and a picture that is wise about human nature. And yet with all of those qualities, it never seems to strain." While the New York Times wrote about Denzel Washington "[Washington] gives the kind of smooth, funny, laid-back performance that could help make him the first black matinee idol since Sidney Poitier." THE MIGHTY QUINN is streaming on AmazonPrime or available to rent for a small fee from RedBox and Vudu HERE.