- Cast: Ethan Hawke, Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Jesse Williams, Ellen Barkin, Wesley Snipes, Lili Taylor, Brian F. O'Byrne, Shannon Kane, Will Patton, Vincent D'Onofrio, Joseph Adams, Wade Allain-Marcus, Jas Anderson, Nicoye Banks, Ismail Bashey, Shaun B'Laurent, James Thomas Bligh, Diana Bologna, Robert John Burke, Raquel Castro, Carl Clemons, Rosalyn Coleman, Tawny Cypress, Isabella David, Paul Diomede, John D'Leo, Ramon Flowers, Lebroz Ariel James, Michael Jeremiah, Hassan Johnson, Shannon Kane, Ebony J Lewis
- Director: Antoine Fuqua
- Writers: Michael C. Martin, Brad Caleb Kane
- Producers: Elie Cohn, Basil Iwanyk, John Langley, Avi Lerner, John Thompson
- Co Producers: Joe Napolitano, Kat Samick
- Executive Producers: Antoine Fuqua, Robert Greenhut, Jesse Kennedy, Mary Viola
- Art Direction: Peter Baran
- Castings: Suzanne Crowley, Mary Vernieu
- Costume Design: Juliet Polcsa
- D.O.P.: Patrick Murguia
- Editor: Barbara Tulliver
- Makeup: Sunday Englis
- Music: Marcelo Zarvos
- Production Design: Thérèse DePrez
- Set Decoration: Mila Khalevich
Tango is an undercover officer on a narcotics detail that forces him to choose between duty and friendship. Having been to hell and back, he wants out, but the powers that be won't let him quit.
Family-man Sal is a detective tempted by greed and corruption. He can barely make ends meet, and now his wife has an illness that threatens the life of their unborn twins.
Eddie is nearing retirement age and has long since lost his dedication to his job as a cop. He wakes up every morning trying to come up with a reason to go on living...and he can't think of one.
Fate brings the three men to the same Brooklyn housing project as each takes the law into his own hands.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: New York City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Bloody violence throughout, strong sexuality, nudity, drug content and pervasive language
- Production Budget: $25 million
- Production Companies: Brooklyn's Finest Productions, Millennium Films, Thunder Road Productions
- Production Schedule: May 2008 - July 2008
Screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009 to polarised reviews, the film sold to Senator Entertainment for under $5 million under the promise of an extra promotional/advertising push worth several million dollars.
Soon after Senator called the 125-minute Sundance cut a 'work in progress' and said the ending would be reworked. They later put the film back on the market due to insolvency issues within the company.
A shorter cut was screened at the Venice Film Festival and was sold to Overture Films.
2010 Guide Analysis: "Initially holding such promise with "Training Day", director Antoine Fuqua's career since has generally fallen on the side of duds ("King Arthur," "Tears of the Sun," "Shooter"). 'Finest' many hoped would be a return to gritty drama form for the Pittsburgh-native, but the screening of an early cut at Sundance this year drew good yet quite hesitant critical reaction.
It also lead to a distribution nightmare for the film after its purchase by Senator which later hit financial strife. Some reshoots and a reworked ending were ordered, and a new edit ended up going back on the block at Venice where Overture Films picked it up. Now comes the question as to what final form the film will take, and whether an audience will have much interest in the drama."