Hello all, I recently watched my dvd of this great film again a couple days ago and almost forgot just how good it is. I found that it was well written & directed by Robert Towne, a superb cast including two late great character actors J.T. Walsh and Raul Julia who always were reliable too watch. Michelle Pfeiffer is luminous, Mel Gibson is quite the opposite of his Martin Riggs persona, (this film was released a year after LETHAL WEAPON and one year before number 2) and Kurt Russell is the slick, dedicated narcotics detective. Conrad L. Hall's photography makes the L.A. locations look amazing (especially chapter 12)while Dave Grusin's jazzy score perfectly captures the right mood and feel for the appropriate scene. I guess the only mistake Warner made, was advertising the movie as an action film when it's definately a drama. Anyone else feel the same way?