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1972 (UK) See more »
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The nationwide bestseller about cops - by a cop! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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George C. Scott ... Kilvinski

Stacy Keach ... Roy

Jane Alexander ... Dorothy

Scott Wilson ... Gus
Rosalind Cash ... Lorrie

Erik Estrada ... Sergio

Clifton James ... Whitey
Richard E. Kalk ... Milton (as Richard Kalk)

James Sikking ... Sgt. Anders
Beverly Hope Atkinson ... Alice
Mittie Lawrence ... Gloria

Isabel Sanford ... Wilma

Carol Speed ... Martha
Tracee Lyles ... Helen

Burke Byrnes ... Phillips

William Atherton ... Johnson
Peter De Anda ... Gladstone (as Peter DeAnda)

Ed Lauter ... Galloway
Dolph Sweet ... Sgt. Runyon

Stefan Gierasch ... Landlord
Debbie Fresh ... Rebecca
Mike Lane ... Lumberjack (as Michael Lane)

Roger E. Mosley ... Truck Driver
Charles H. Gray ... Bethel
Read Morgan ... Woodrow Gandy

Michael DeLano ... Ranatti
Adriana Shaw ... Drunk Mother

Pepe Serna ... Young Mexican Man
Bea Thompkins ... Silverpants
Hilly Hicks ... Young Black Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Otis Day ... Mugging Suspect (uncredited)

Dick DeCoit ... (uncredited)

Kitten Natividad ... Go-Go Dancer in Bar (uncredited)

Anne Ramsey ... Wife of Crazy Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)

Joseph Wambaugh (novel)

Robert Towne  uncredited

Produced by
Robert Chartoff .... producer
Henry Gellis .... associate producer
Irwin Winkler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
 
Cinematography by
Ralph Woolsey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones 
 
Casting by
Lynn Stalmaster 
 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Costume Design by
Guy C. Verhille  (as Guy Verhille)
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Dave Grayson .... makeup artist (as Dave Greyson)
Delree F. Todd .... hair styles (as Delree Todd)
 
Production Management
Russell Saunders .... unit production manager (as Russ Saunders)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (as Russ Saunders)
Malcolm R. Harding .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William Black .... leadman (uncredited)
Albert Indrisano .... second props (uncredited)
Joe LaBella .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound
William Randall .... sound
Jack Night .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Augie Lohman .... special effects (uncredited)
Thomas R. Ward .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Skip Botelho .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
James Glennon .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Don Jacobs .... second grip (uncredited)
Martin Kashuk .... key grip (uncredited)
Frank Leonetti .... gaffer (uncredited)
John Monte .... still photographer (uncredited)
Chris Schweibert .... camera operator (uncredited)
Robert Shaw .... best boy (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Izzy Berne .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ron Dawson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Vern Jacobs .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jeffrey Benjamin .... assistant to producer (as Jeff Benjamin)
Duane Toler .... script supervisor (as Duane Tober)
Tom Clark .... publicist (uncredited)
Richard E. Kalk .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Emily Torchia .... publicist (uncredited)
Bill Venegas .... location manager (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Precinct 45: Los Angeles Police" - , Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
"Centurion" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
103 min
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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:14+ | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (re-rating) | Portugal:M/18 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1988) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #23297) | West Germany:16 (f)

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According to Ed Lauter, the casting director refused to see him for the role of Galloway. Lauter made a plea to George C. Scott, who then demanded that Lauter be cast.See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Sombre Police Story, 15 January 2010
Author: Chris. from Australia

Wanting a better life for his family, Keach enlists with the LAPD to supplement his wife's meagre income while he attends law school. But the job soon becomes all consuming leading to the breakdown of his marriage to Alexander whose support wanes in the face of constant neglect playing second fiddle to the force. In turn, Keach loses touch with reality whereby he questions his motivations for remaining in situ, but the job compels him to endure. After a litany of setbacks, alcoholic and facing ruin, he's briefly resurrected by Cash, taking pity on his misguided loyalty, and helping him to re-discover the purpose he once idealised. Rich, rewarding tale of an everyday struggle is told in a rather grim but entertaining fashion by accomplished director Fleischer.

Despite solid performances from Keach and Alexander in particular, this is George C.Scott's movie, as the maverick older statesman with nothing but the badge to define his identity. His character is a scene stealer, and is at times, fierce, frightening, benevolent and ultimately, very bleak. The highly emotional scene in which Scott telephones Keach and relays the metaphor of the old man and his burglar, resonates throughout the remainder of the film, and beyond.

There's not the synergism that you'd expect and if it weren't for the distinction that Scott, Alexander and Wilson as the modest rookie, each bring to their respective characterisations, "The New Centurions" would be just another police story, and this is evidenced to a degree when their characters are no longer in focus. A very capable and vast supporting cast bring a gritty reality, and the story ebbs and flows toward a sudden and unexpected climax. The anguish experienced by the characters is palpable, and every time the mood brightens, there's another catastrophe waiting. Probably not the movie to watch before joining the academy, but highly entertaining and thought-provoking nonetheless.

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