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9 November 1972 (West Germany) See more »
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The nationwide bestseller about cops - by a cop! See more »
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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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Stefan Gierasch, Who Appeared in ‘Carrie,’ Dies at 88
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Ed Lauter, Veteran Character Actor, Dead at 74
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Ed Lauter, Veteran Character Actor, Dead at 74
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Cast

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George C. Scott ... Kilvinski

Stacy Keach ... Roy Fehler

Jane Alexander ... Dorothy Fehler

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

Erik Estrada ... Sergio

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

James Sikking ... Sergeant 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 ... Sergeant Runyon

Stefan Gierasch ... Landlord
Debbie Fresh ... Rebecca Fahler
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 stylist (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
Ron Veto .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator (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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103 min
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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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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)See more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
This Ain't Dragnet, 25 January 2007
Author: inspectors71 from The Man-Cave

Joseph Wambaugh has written a lot of great books over the four decades of his literary career. My experience with him started in eighth grade in 1972 when I read The New Centurions, a blisteringly honest and terrifying book about the lives of three rookie patrolman in LA during the early 60s. It was easily the most grown-up book I had ever read (my mom thumbed through it and was appalled at the language; yet she let me finish it) and when I got to see the 1972 movie (butchered on NBC in '73 or '74), I had reread it and knew everything the little old ladies with the scissors had hacked out. Even with the obligatory mangling for our living room sensibilities, Richard Fleischer's film is a well-acted and gritty TV-looking version of Wambaugh's great, searing novel.

For the most part, the casting--THE critical step to putting the book on screen--was dead on. Stacy Keach nails Roy Fehler, George C. Scott is a slightly more buff, less urbane Andy Kilvinsky, and Jane Alexander (who is beautiful because she isn't) embodies Fehler's estranged wife, Dorothy). My only complaint is in casting Erik Estrada as Sergio. I know why he was picked--a blonde Hispanic would have confused viewers who had not read the book, but some skilled writing may have gotten the real Sergio across on screen. This is no insult to Estrada. He's hardly on screen, but this was before the excremental CHIPS, the show that ruined his career while making him a household name, and he is quite good for the few minutes we get him.

The problem with The New Centurions is that, since it is designed for mass consumption, it has been rendered more TV cop drama than searing expose of urban policing. It looks authentic, but the color and depth of the images never really fill the wide screen, dooming it to look like it belongs on the small one.

In comparison though, this is a much more successful adaptation of a Wambaugh work than the open-mouthed horror of Robert Aldrich's The Choirboys. That book was even more dark (how Wambaugh was able to make such a brutal novel so funny is still an amazement to me), but the 1977 movie was about as awful--and unfunny--as you could ever hope to miss.

Which, in comparison, makes The New Centurions all the better. Don't get me wrong, TNC is a flawed film, but it is a good one on the whole. I would just, strongly, suggest you read the book--and The Choirboys--first to get the real flavor of one of America's better crime writers (and social critics).

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