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Cops and Robbers (1973)

PG | | Crime, Comedy | 17 August 1973 (USA)
Two disillusioned New York City policemen plan a $10 million robbery to fuel their low pensions, only to run into one debacle after another in the process.

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Tom
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Joe
Charlene Dallas ...
Secretary
James Ferguson ...
Liquor Store Clerk
Frances Foster ...
Bleeding Lady
Gayle Gorman ...
Tom's Wife
Walt Gorney ...
Wino
George Harris II ...
Harry
Ellen Holly ...
Ms. Wells
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Randy
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Ambulance Attendant
Delphi Lawrence ...
Rich Lady
Lucy Martin ...
Joe's Wife
Arthur Pierce ...
Ambulance Attendant
Nino Ruggeri ...
Mr. Joe
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Storyline

Tom and Joe are disillusioned New York City cops who decide to pull off one big robbery and retire on the proceeds. Bearer bonds are what the local Mafia boss will buy, so that's what they go for. Central Park is the location for the switch. Can they come out of it with their lives and the money ? Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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They make $ 215.39 a week as Cops, and $10,000,000 in one day as Robbers. HOW DID THEY GET AWAY WITH IT?

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Crime | Comedy

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17 August 1973 (USA)  »

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Entimotatoi kleftes  »

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Last completed cinema film of Kent Smith. See more »

Goofs

Belvedere castle in Central Park was closed for renovations until 1983. Mafia guy a top castle with binoculars. Movie's setting is early 70's. See more »

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Featured in Mugshot: An Interview with Joe Bologna (2015) See more »

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Sleep, Dream a Dream
Words by Chilton Ryan and Buddy Butler
Music by Michel Legrand
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An excellent piece of 70's film-making
25 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Donold Westlake is a true American original. He wrote a number of great books on capers in the 70's including Bankjob and The Hot Rock. But his best screenplay is clearly Cops And Robbers which also benefits greatly from top notched performances and an effortless presentation of a tightly knit story. It is one of the few films from the period that has aged well and given the fact that it was never released during the VHS era (and rarely screened on television) it is a treat for those that missed it.

The DVD is nothing special (pan and scan without special features) but it captures the essence of the theatrical release and given the lack of close-ups it doesn't suffer a lot from being cropped. It captures the spirit of 70s morality without offending many. In summary, it remains a strangely uplifting "feel good" artifact of an era that generally feels more dated than the proceeding decade.


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