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In New York City's Spanish Harlem, detectives Madigan and Bonaro are given 72 hours by their superior to capture a hoodlum wanted for homicide in Brooklyn.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Commissioner Anthony X. Russell
Julia Madigan
Det. Rocco Bonaro
Chief Insp. Charles Kane
Tricia Bentley
Midget Castiglione
Barney Benesch
Capt. Ben Williams
Dr. Taylor
Chief of Detectives Hap Lynch
Mickey Dunn
Frank Marth ...
Lt. James Price


Policemen Bonaro and Madigan lose their guns to fugitive Barney Benesch. As compensation, the two NYC detectives are given a weekend to bring Benesch to justice. While Bonaro and Madigan follow up on various leads, Police Commissioner Russell goes about his duties, including attending functions, meeting with aggrieved relatives, and counseling the spouses of fallen officers. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

March 1968 (Austria)  »

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Nur noch 72 Stunden  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


After years of rejecting offers to star in a TV series, Richard Widmark finally succumbed to Universal and NBC-TV's offer for a series. The pilot, Brock's Last Case (1973). was rejected, however, and Widmark was asked to play Madigan in a segment of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie during the 1972-73 season. The series was canceled after one season despite usually finishing in the top 30 of the Nielsen ratings. See more »


Both detectives draw their service revolvers in the back room of the bar before confronting Benesch. But when they enter the bar, the guns are back in their holsters and they unclip them again. See more »


Commissioner Anthony X. Russell: [after Kane drops his shield on Russell's desk] What am I supposed to do with that?
Chief Insp. Charles Kane: Commissioner, I thought you'd never ask.
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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More Bark Than Bite
13 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An interesting cast that include a couple of my favorites made me enthused about watching the VHS of this in '90s, several decades after seeing it in the theater when it came out. Boy, what a disappointment. Despite the cast, I found it to be somewhat boring. Only the beginning and the last 10 minutes of the film had any action. You'd expect more out of a tough crime story.

The rest of the time was spent with soap opera material such as unhappy police wives, or the now-cliché good cops get harassed by their boss, the key cop is a corrupt one and the lead cop is totally misunderstood. Oh man, have we seen a lot of this crap since this film came out!

No, this turned out to be an overrated film.

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