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Hickey & Boggs (1972)

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  4 October 1972 (USA)
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Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Al Hickey
Frank Boggs
Ta-Ronce Allen ...
Nyona's Daughter
Rosalind Cash ...
Lou Frizzell ...
Nancy Howard ...
Apartment Manager's Wife
Bernard Nedell ...
Used Car Salesman
Nyona's Mother
Sheila Sullivan ...
Edith Boggs
Carmencristina Moreno ...
Mary Jane (as Carmen)
Jason Culp ...
Mary Jane's Son
Ron Henriquez ...
Quemando: Florist
Louis Moreno ...
Quemando: Prisoner
Caryn Sanchez ...
Mary Jane's Daughter
Robert Mandan ...
Mr. Brill


Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.

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They're not cool slick heroes. They're worn, tough men and that's why they're so dangerous. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

4 October 1972 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.85 : 1
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The football game that Hickey & Boggs attend is the September 26, 1971, meeting between the Los Angeles Rams and the Atlanta Falcons, held at the Los Angeles Coliseum. That game ended in a 20-20 tie (in those days before sudden-death overtime was introduced by the NFL, to break most ties). The baseball game that the pair subsequently attend actually took place several weeks before the football game - on August 18, 1971 - at Dodger Stadium, at Chavez Ravine, in Los Angeles. The Mets beat the Dodgers, 3-2, that Wednesday evening. See more »


(at around 1 min) In the office scene where Boggs keeps drinking, he sets the bottle on the file cabinet with the label facing away and half full, then when he goes to pick it up again the label is facing forwards and the bottle is three/quarter full. See more »


Frank Boggs: [Hickey and Boggs are loading their revolvers after a run-in with some heavies] Al... You ever kill anybody? In the united states? Because I know you mean it any everything, but I know these guys better than I know you. They're soldiers, that's all. No questions, no time to ask, no talk. Cops are worse, and less predictable. When you pull a gun, you've gotta be ready to kill somebody, and I'm telling you it's better to run.
Al Hickey: Finished?
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Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: Mosbius Designs (2009) See more »


Hickey & Boggs
Written and Performed by George Edwards
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Good film... terribly underrated
12 December 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite the setting of Southern California and daytime set pieces, this is a very dark film, and presages much of Walter Hill's later work. A good cast, including the great Bill Hickman (a world class stunt driver and distinctive screen presence), it was probably marketed poorly. Movie-goers were led to believe that this "reunion" of TV's popular I SPY co-stars was going to somehow harken back to that glib and serendipitous collaboration.

Best line o'the film: after a protracted shoot-out with two sets of adversaries in Los Angeles' famed Coliseum, in which few bullets found their marks, Culp, while reloading his long-barreled S&W .357 Magnum, mutters: "I gotta get a bigger gun."

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