: : : Chains of Gold


Before Pulp Fiction put him back on the mainstream cultural radar, John Travolta lent his considerable charms (and, somewhat surprisingly, cowrote the script) to this wholly schizophrenic straight-to-video L.A. gangland drama. The opening expository scenes are a bit of a drag, but be sure to hang on; what starts out as a painfully earnest paean to these troubled streets abruptly (and delightfully) switches gears to become a viscerally bruising action flick, as Travolta's troubled social worker goes undercover to save a wholesome teen from a murderous street gang. Second-half highlights include a terrific use of found locations, a completely dumbfounding suspension bridge stunt destined to wear out rewind buttons everywhere, and a flamboyant drug lord (played by Law & Order hunk Benjamin Bratt) whose swinging bachelor pad includes a decidedly nonregulation alligator pit. The DVD presentation includes a nicely rendered full-screen picture, production notes, and cast bios. Not likely to be featured in any future Travolta career retrospective, but a fun film nonetheless. --Andrew Wright


John TravoltaScott Barnes
Marilu HennerJackie
Joseph LawrenceTommy
Bernie CaseySergeant Falco
Hector ElizondoLieutenant Ortega
Benjamin BrattCarlos
Ramón FrancoJames
Conchata FerrellMartha Burke
Tammy LaurenRachel Burke

  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Rod Holcomb
  • Producer: Studio Home Entertainment
  • Length: 95 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 15, 1991
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 15, 1998
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