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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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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
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Otis Day ... Mugging Suspect (uncredited)

Dick DeCoit ... (uncredited)

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

Anne Ramsey ... Wife of Crazy Man (uncredited)
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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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This movie was made and released about one to two years after its source novel of the same name by Joseph Wambaugh was first published in 1975. Wambaugh was a Californian policeman for 14 years before, at the age of 30, he began to write novels about the police force. 'The New Centurions' was written and published whilst Wambaugh still worked for the LAPD. It was his first novel and the first to be amde into a movie.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
"What Are You Wasting Your Time Being A Cop For?", 5 February 2000
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

Joseph Wambaugh had a string of best-selling novels in the 1970's, all based on his experiences as a beat cop in the Los Angeles Police Department. 'The New Centurions' was one such novel, and this is the film of the book. Wambaugh's familiar world of drunks, domestic disputes, whores and 'busting fruits' is set out here with reasonable exactitude. Sterling ('Towering Inferno') Silliphant's screenplay is somewhat sluggish, but the Wambaugh ambience is immediately recognizable.

The point of the film is that yes, police work is physically dangerous, but the real threat to the officers' well-being comes from the emotional strain that they have to endure. Marriages founder and strong, healthy men take to drink and drugs because they get worn down by seeing what crime does to people. Often, they find their training and knowledge of the law completely useless, because the reality of street life makes glorified social workers of them. Some officers acquire a benign wisdom which enables them to bend the rules and do a little good. The esprit de corps among the officers is strong, and deep personal friendships are forged, but the job is an ugly, dirty, dangerous one and society is fortunate that there are some people willing to do it.

The friendship between rookie Roy Fehler (Stacey Keach) and veteran Andy Kilvinski (George C. Scott) is the centrepiece of the story. The younger man learns and grows under the tutelage of a partner who is an outstanding cop. We see Fehler in his turn become a veteran, but we also watch the decline of both men as the job grinds them down.

Intimate moments of unspoken affection between the two men are well done, and the Californian paradise which houses this human hell is nicely depicted, but would a senior police officer really beat up a rapacious landlord in the street? And after the innovative "Boston Strangler" of four years earlier, it is a shame to see this able director cranking out a film so devoid of artistic merit.

"I tried to hold on," says Fehler after being dragged along by a car. It's a metaphor for his police career.

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