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The New Centurions (1972)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1972 (UK)
An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.

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Lorrie
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Sergio
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Whitey
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Gloria
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Helen
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A group of new police recruits takes to patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. Roy Fehler is a law student with a family and has joined the LAPD until he can complete his degree. He's partnered with veteran patrolman Kilvinski and they soon develop a good rapport. On the street the policemen are exposed to the seedier side of life but Kilvinski is a fair cop and a good teacher. Over time however, Fehler comes to love the work and both his family and his studies fall by the wayside. Kilvinsky retires and Fehler loses his way, drinking heavily. Fehler's wife leaves him and he soon hits bottom. Just as he begins to get his life in order, fate intervenes. Written by garykmcd

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Precinct 45: Los Angeles Police  »

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Apparently, Columbia Pictures paid Joseph Wambaugh, who wrote the novel on which this film was based, a bonus of $1250 for each week his novel stayed on "The New York Times" best-seller list. The novel debuted on the list on Feb. 21, 1971, and stayed on the best-seller list for 32 weeks thereby, earning Wambaugh a total bonus of $40,000. See more »

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Fine Wambaugh Adaptation
27 December 1999 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Appropriately grim, cynical, pessimistic view of L.A. policing in the early '70's. Fine adaptation of Joseph Wambaugh's novel. Great role for George C. Scott as a veteran policeman. Also the chance to see James B. Sikking as a pipe-smoking cop years before he'd appear as Howard Hunter in "Hill Street Blues".


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