Picks and Pans Review: Nails
Showtime (Sat., July 25, 9 P.M. ET)
This isn't a movie. It's a dictionary of cop-film clichés. First, there's the main character, Harry "Nails" Niles (Dennis Hopper), whose colorful moniker is of the sort only movie cops have. Then there's the predictable plot, wherein Hopper's partner is killed by drug dealers, all of whom Nails eventually beats up and/or kills. And finally, Nails is yet another tough-but-wild-but-lovable cop. The old Adam-12 series was more innovative. Which is not to say Nails doesn't have its distinguishing qualities. The waste of Anne Archer as Hopper's estranged wife and the racist script, in which all the bad guys are minorities, offer enough evidence to convict Nails of felony impersonation of a movie.
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