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Badge 373 (1973)

After his suspension for the shooting death of drug runner, a New York City cop vows to keep the streets clean, any way he can.

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Eddie Ryan
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Maureen
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Sweet William
Eddie Egan ...
Scanlon
Felipe Luciano ...
Ruben Garcia
Tina Cristiani ...
Mrs. Caputo
Marina Durell ...
Rita Garcia
Chico Martínez ...
Frankie Diaz (as Chico Martinez)
Jose Duvall ...
Ferrer (as Jose Duval)
Louis Cosentino ...
GiGi Caputo
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Chico
Nubia Olivero ...
Mrs. Diaz
Sam Schacht ...
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Edward F. Carey ...
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After his suspension for the shooting death of drug runner, a New York City cop vows to keep the streets clean, any way he can.

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A gun in his sock, a tire iron in his belt, and no badge. The story of Eddie. The best ex-cop in the business.

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20 September 1973 (France)  »

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Wie ein Panther in der Nacht  »

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The character of Eddie Ryan (Robert Duvall) is loosely based on real-life NYC cop Eddie Egan, who was the detective who busted "The French Connection". Egan was fictionalized as Popeye Doyle and played by Gene Hackman in the movie based on Robin Moore's book detailing his most famous case, The French Connection (1971). Some display ads for Badge 373 (1973) ran with the tagline: "Based on the exploits of Eddie Egan--the cop with French Connections". See more »

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In one scene, there's a New York Police Department car(Car #1097) with a New York State passenger vehicle license plate on the front bumper. New York City police cars only have their own license plates identifying the car number, and only on the back. In fact few police departments in New York State use state plates for their cars, and those that do only use Police license plates. See more »

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Robert Duvall seeks his partner's murderer
25 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Badge 373" is typically listed and discussed as noir, and it definitely is a 70s-style noir. There are plenty of night scenes, dark locations, and up-front dialog. There's one extended chase scene involving a bus. This is what you call a cop noir, like "Dirty Harry, "Bullitt", "The Seven-Ups", and "The French Connection". It's a very good cop-noir movie that stands on its own against that heavy competition. I've seen it twice and it holds together very well. It maintains momentum through its second act quite well, making good use of the conflict between Duvall and Bloom. Its main weakness is in some of the lesser parts. Eddie Egan plays in it and has a writing credit, and that bestows gritty realism on the picture. Robert Duvall stars as a suspended cop deeply upset by the murder of his partner and determined to rectify it. Virna Bloom has a substantial part as his recent girl friend who doesn't understand his drive and motivation. Henry Darrow plays a Puerto Rican gun merchant who is providing a local contingent of Puerto Ricans with a big shipment to be taken to the island and used in a revolutionary push for independence. His part goes somewhat and forgivably over-the-top in some "White Heat" bravado.

Duvall carries the movie as a tough and unafraid cop, something of both a tenacious bulldog and a bull. He works alone on the case, outside the department because of his suspension. Duvall's work in this movie, as in "The Outfit" and in "True Confessions", is strong. He is perhaps somewhat underrated or overlooked, despite his steady employment, effectiveness in a wide range of roles and the risks he has taken in directing. In "Badge 373", Egan is around to restrain him and can't.

This may not be the best of that era's crop of cop-noirs, but it carried the noir ball admirably. It's a delight to watch for its no-nonsense toughness, no quarter being given to political correctness, and it helped prepare the way for a good many neo-noirs to come.


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