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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Ryan
Sweet William
Eddie Egan ...
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
Nubia Olivero ...
Mrs. Diaz
Sam Schacht ...
Assistant D.A.
Edward F. Carey ...
The Commissioner
'Big' Lee ...
Junkie in Casino


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.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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20 September 1973 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Wie ein Panther in der Nacht  »

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Johnny Pacheco & His Orchestra: The Dominican musician and band-leader Johnny Pachero and his orchestra as a band at Carorrojeno's during the film's opening sequence. See more »


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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Goofy rather than gritty
6 August 2016 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Being a huge fan of gritty New York films from the 70s and 80s, I was quite excited to chance upon this film. Starring Robert Duvall, a stalwart of this era, and involving an angry cop in 70s NYC, I had my aims set high. Unfortunately, aside from some nice footage from the era, this felt to be a waste of time.

Robert Duvall is a racist, grizzled cop, suspended from the force after a suspect falls off a roof whilst escaping arrest. Following his suspension, his partner Gigi turns up dead in Brooklyn with his throat cut. Turns out that Gigi had been doing some sneaky deals relating to a shipment of arms going to Puerto Rico.

Badge 373 was notable for upsetting some of the Puerto Rican community, who had called for the film not to be released. Duvall's character is unpleasant, racist and not at all sympathetic, however, the Puerto Rican characters are mainly made up of hoodrats, petty criminals, crime bosses and junkie hookers, often Caucasians in brown make-up, and none at all redeemable. In the film's defence, the scene where Duvall visits a 'libra Puerto Rico!' rally does give valuable screen time to portray the pressures and frustrations that mainland US Puerto Ricans were facing at that time, and I get the feeling from this that the director did not intend to make a racist film, possibly even sympathetic towards Puerto Ricans, but just made an incredibly clumsy effort at portraying racial relations at that time.

Coming from the year that gave us Serpico and The Seven-Ups, Badge 373 also feels very dated, even in comparison to Bullitt or Point Blank some 5 years earlier. The soundtrack and Batman-style fight scenes hark back to family friendly 60s TV shows like Dragnet or The Untouchables, the bus chase scene, for some the highlight of the film was well conceived, but is just goofy in practice, more reminiscent of one of the Smokey And The Bandit films.

Badge 373 is a rather embarrassing watch, especially for Duvall who was in his prime as an actor at this time. Strictly only for genre completists.

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