- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 16, 2005
- Originally Released: 1994
- Label: Miramax
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Collectors Edition
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Rolling Stone - 06/29/1995
USA Today - 06/02/1995
"...Quirky allure....The movie surprises..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Variety - 05/30/1994
"...A powerful moral drama....Boatman gives a lively, sympathetic [turn]..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/02/1995
"...Burnett still isn't interested in pointing the usual fingers or striking the usual chords. Diving into the gray areas of hate, and self-hate, he treats the urban plague with a sustained moral intensity that punches a hole through notions of film realism..."
Premiere - 09/01/2005
"[I]ndie writer-director Charles Burnett delivers a thoughtful film, buoyed by complex characterizations..."
With THE GLASS SHIELD, acclaimed director Charles Burnett (KILLER OF SHEEP, TO SLEEP WITH ANGER) tackles the problematic issue of racism within the police force. J.J. Johnson (Michael Boatman) has wanted to be a cop ever since he was a kid. And now that he's just been promoted to the position of deputy in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Office, he's going to learn what being a police officer is really all about. As the first black deputy in Edgemar's all-white Sheriff's station, he must learn to adapt if his new assignment is going to work out. Befriending the station's only other minority, the Jewish, female Deborah Fields (Lori Petty), J.J. soon realizes it's impossible to "get along" or be one of the "good guys" when police brutality, political corruption and rampant racism reign supreme. After discovering that a man he has helped to indict (played with ferocious intensity by Ice Cube) is, in fact, the victim of a monumental cover up, J.J. risks his future by butting heads with the powers that be. Shelved after conflict erupted between Burnett and the film's distributor, Miramax, THE GLASS SHIELD remains a provocative, tense thriller that addresses its sensitive subject matter with grace and intelligence.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The Glass Shield Collector's Edition
The Miramax Collector's Series proudly presents the release of the powerful action thriller applauded by critics and moviegoers alike ... written and directed by Charles Burnett. An ambitious rookie cop and his station's only female deputy (Lori Petty -- A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN) uncover widespread corruption and conspiracy when they realize that an innocent man (Ice Cube -- XXX: STATE OF THE UNION) has been jailed for a shocking murder. Suddenly, these two outsiders are forced to make an impossible choice: fit into an unjust system by breaking the law they're sworn to uphold ... or break the unwritten code of silence that could be their only protection.
- Theatrical release: June 2, 1995.
- Shot on location in Los Angeles, California.
- THE GLASS SHIELD was screened at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, but a dispute between the film's director and Miramax delayed the theatrical release until 1995.
The film's closing credit reads: "In memory of Robert. A. Merrill."
- Charles Burnett based his script partly on the screenplay ONE OF US (The True Story of John Eddie Johnson) by Ned Walsh.