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Hickey & Boggs (1972)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ta-Ronce Allen ...
Nyona's Daughter
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Nyona
Lou Frizzell ...
Lawyer
Nancy Howard ...
Apartment Manager's Wife
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Used Car Salesman
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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
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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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They're not cool slick heroes, they're worn, tough men and that's why they're so dangerous. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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4 October 1972 (USA)  »

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Dinamit kardesler  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Walter Hill's first credit as screenwriter. Hill later said that he had hoped the title roles would be played by Jason Robards and Strother Martin, rather than the popular TV team of Robert Culp and Bill Cosby; but he had found the film they made fairly satisfactory. See more »

Goofs

In the Dodger Stadium scene, the close up shows a Dodger pitcher #20 (Don Sutton) throwing a pitch, but in the following wide shot it's a Dodger batter and New York Met pitcher completing the play. See more »

Quotes

Al Hickey: [following the final shootout] Nobody came.
Frank Boggs: Nobody cares.
Al Hickey: Thanks.
Frank Boggs: Anytime.
Al Hickey: It's still not about anything.
Frank Boggs: Yeah, I know, you told me.
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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Hickey & Boggs
Written and Performed by George Edwards
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A Director's First That Breaks Rules
4 March 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Robert Culp is another example of a first-time director not letting traditional storytelling get in the way of his offbeat style (William Peter Blatty being another), and here he takes a cop thriller/mystery and turns it on its head.

Although the editing is incoherent in parts, and the plot is often hard to follow, the characterization of the two leads is more important to the director, and he captures a full-fledged pair of down and out detectives truly memorable in their chemistry.

Unlike the endless buddy cop films that have turned the genre into bacteria nowondays, here, every scene with Cosby and Culp is hyper-realistic and not without dry humor and dialogue. Additonally. the last 20 minutes of the film are exciting with a lot of solid action, spewing machine-gun bullets, and the final image that plays over the crawl is unforgettably beautiful. Great theme song.


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