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Hickey & Boggs -- 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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Release Date:
4 October 1972 (USA) See more »
They hold their forty-four magnums with two hands and keep firing until they hit something ... anything. See more »
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. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bill Cosby ... Al Hickey

Robert Culp ... Frank Boggs
Ta-Ronce Allen ... Nyona's Daughter
Rosalind Cash ... Nyona
Lou Frizzell ... Lawyer
Nancy Howard ... Apartment Manager's Wife

Bernard Nedell ... Used Car Salesman

Isabel Sanford ... 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

Michael Moriarty ... Ballard
Denise Renfro ... Brill's Daughter
Bernie Schwartz ... Bernie

Matt Bennett ... Fatboy

Bill Hickman ... Monte
Gerald Peters ... Jack
Tom Signorelli ... Nick (as Tommy Signorelli)
Keri Shuttleton ... Playground Kid
Wanda Spell ... Playground Kid
Winston Spell ... Playground Kid

Jack Colvin ... Shaw

Vincent Gardenia ... Papadakis

Ed Lauter ... Ted

Joe E. Tata ... Coroner's Assistant (as Joe Tata)

James Woods ... Lt. Wyatt
Lester Fletcher ... Rice

Dean Smith ... Bagman
Gilchrist Stuart ... Farrow (as Gil Stuart)
Jerry Summers ... Bledsoe
Sylvester Words ... Mr. Leroy (as Sil Words)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Roger E. Mosley ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Culp 
Writing credits
Walter Hill (written by)

Produced by
Joel Reisner .... associate producer
Fouad Said .... producer
Original Music by
Ted Ashford 
Cinematography by
Bill Butler  (as Wilmer Butler)
Film Editing by
David Berlatsky 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss 
Production Management
Richard L. O'Connor .... executive in charge of production
Elliot Schick .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Teets .... assistant director
Art Department
Don Smith .... property master
Sound Department
Fred J. Brown .... sound editor
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer (as Gene Cantamessa)
Roger Sword .... sound editor
Ross Taylor .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Joe Lombardi .... special effects
Paul J. Lombardi .... supervisor
James W. Gavin .... aerial stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Earl L. Clark .... assistant camera (as Earl Clark)
James R. Connell .... camera operator (as James Connel)
Joseph Edesa .... electrical gaffer
Rexford L. Metz .... camera operator (as Rexford Metz)
Kenneth Peach Jr. .... camera operator
Gary Polzel .... key grip
Eddie Rio Jr. .... assistant camera
Jack Willoughby .... camera operator
Doug J. Campbell .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Rex Hosea .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pauline Campbell .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Dick Weber .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ted Ashford .... conductor
Transportation Department
Paul Casella Jr. .... transportation captain (as Paul Casella)
Other crew
Al Nicholson .... production coordinator
Hope Williams .... script supervisor
Lanny Sher .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
111 min | Germany:107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

The first and only (through date May 2015) feature film role for Ta-Ronce Allen, who portrays Nyona's Daughter.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Hickey and Boggs have to sneak into the football game disguised as ushers because the game is sold out yet there are quite a few empty seats, including entire rows, during the game.See more »
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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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A Director's First That Breaks Rules, 4 March 2004
Author: HughBennie-777 from Italy

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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