A Show of Force

A Show of Force
Directed by Bruno Barreto
Produced by John Strong
Screenplay by Evan Jones
John Strong
Based on Murder Under Two Flags
by Anne Nelson
Music by Georges Delerue
Edited by Henry Richardson
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • May 11, 1990 (1990-05-11)
Running time
89 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $152,982 (USA)

A Show of Force is a 1990 American thriller drama film directed by Bruno Barreto. The film is based on events and theories surrounding the Maravilla Hill case in Puerto Rico adapted from Anne Nelson's book, "Murder Under Two Flags."


In 1978, Kate Melendez (Amy Irving) is a television news reporter who investigates the mysterious deaths of two radical Puerto Rican activists. The government claims they were terrorists while others claim the two were merely student activists. Despite threats to her own life, Melendez investigates the deaths, gradually leading her to conclude that undercover American agents were responsible for framing the activists as terrorists, and then murdering them.


Actor Role
Amy Irving Kate Melendez
Andy García Luis Angel Mora
Lou Diamond Phillips Jesus Fuentes
Robert Duvall Howard
Kevin Spacey Frank Curtin
Erik Estrada Machado
Jorge Castillo Nestor Chavez
Lupe Ontiveros Pepita

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