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Brock's Last Case (1973)

A New York City cop who has retired to a small Western town is drawn into the local case of an Indian who is accused of murdering a sheriff.

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Lieutenant Max Brock
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Arthur Goldencorn
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Ellen Ashley
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Jack Dawson
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Jake Hinkley
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J. Smiley Krenshaw
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Joe Cuspis
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Stretch Willis
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Sam Wong
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Alma Gamm
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Doc Walters
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Judge Robbins
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Frustrated with a flawed and lenient justice system, New York City police lieutenant Max Brock decides to quit his police job and take an early retirement.Over the years he invested in his retirement dream, a dream farm on an orange grove, where he plans to grow citrus and watch the sunsets from his front porch.Confident in his decision to retire early, even at half pension, Max Brock offends his boss by refusing to continue his work for the department and quits.However, when he arrives in the Southern town where he invested in his orange grove farm, Brock is shocked by a series of unpleasant surprises. Written by nufs68

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5 March 1973 (USA)  »

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Originally meant to serve as the pilot for star Richard Widmark's first (and only) television series, "Brock's Last Case" met with indifference at NBC, and the network instead asked Widmark to reprise "Madigan" from the 1968 Universal theatrical film that earned high ratings when telecast on the network. Widmark and Universal agreed, and the star made his TV series bow in the "Madigan" segment of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie which aired in the 1972-1973 season. "Brock's Last Case" aired as a "World Premiere Movie" on NBC during the same season. See more »

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Widmark as city cop turned citrus farmer solves multiple murder case
18 June 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Brock's Last Case" (1973) features Richard Widmark. That should be enough for Widmark fans, and it is. No matter what setbacks Widmark runs into as a frustrated cop or a citrus farmer in this film, he takes charge, goes into problem-solving mode and moves ahead confidently.

Widmark as a movie star has a great voice and a great screen presence. You always hear every word he says and you always pay attention, whether he's a good guy, a bad guy, or anything in between. He's racked up a slew of unforgettable roles. This one is well-written enough that his part is reasonably memorable. It's laced with wit amid his frustrations as a New York cop and a would-be citrus farmer. He's very spry in his action scenes, and he was 60. Being a pilot for a TV series, the story introduces neighborly characters of all kinds. This makes it family-like and comfortable, and that conflicts with its being a really serious crime story. Nevertheless, the crime element and investigation dominate and the movie succeeds on that score too.


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