Bad Company

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Bad Company (1995) (Touchstone Movie)

“Bad Company” is a 1995 crime thriller film directed by Damian Harris. The movie stars Ellen Barkin, Laurence Fishburne, and Frank Langella in lead roles. It tells the story of Nelson Crowe, a CIA operative, who is assigned to train Jake Hayes, a street-smart hustler and a ticket scalper, to replace his identical twin brother, who was a CIA agent and is now dead.

The plot revolves around Nelson trying to turn Jake into a convincing double of his brother, so he can continue the mission his brother was working on before he died. As they delve deeper into the world of espionage and deception, they encounter various dangerous situations and enemies.

The film explores themes of identity, trust, and the blurry lines between good and bad as Jake must navigate the complexities of the espionage world and decide where his loyalties lie.

“Bad Company” received mixed reviews from critics upon its release. While praised for its performances and suspenseful moments, some critics found the plot to be convoluted and the execution lacking. Despite its mixed reception, the film has developed a small following among fans of crime thrillers.

Overall, “Bad Company” is a gripping and fast-paced crime thriller that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats with its twists and turns. It’s a film that explores the dark and dangerous world of espionage while also delving into the complexities of human nature.

Additional Details


  • Ellen Barkin as Margaret Wells
  • Laurence Fishburne as Nelson Crowe
  • Frank Langella as Vic Grimes
  • Michael Beach as Tod Stapp
  • Gia Carides as Julie Ames
  • David Ogden Stiers as Judge Justin Beach
  • Daniel Hugh Kelly as Les Goodwin
  • Spalding Gray as Walter Curl
  • James Hong as Bobby Birdsong
  • Tegan West as Al
  • Michael Murphy as William “Smitty” Smithfield
  • Michelle Beaudoin as Wanda


  • Director: Damian Harris
  • Producers: Jeffrey Chernov and Amedeo Ursini
  • Writer: Ross Thomas

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