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Cops and Robbers (1973)

PG  |   |  Crime, Comedy  |  17 August 1973 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Randy Jurgensen ...
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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Last completed cinema film of Kent Smith. See more »

Goofs

Tom reads a news article about how securities were stolen as employees watched a Series game won by the Mets on TV. This gives him the idea to do the heist during the parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts. The Mets didn't appear in the World Series until October 1969. However, Cliff and Joe rob the brokerage house during the parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts, which took place in the summer of 1969. See more »

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

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It's a World of Cops and Robbers
Words by Jacques Wilson
Music by Michel Legrand
Sung by Candy Tate
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Great 70s cop flick that captures the era
6 February 2008 | by (Williamsburg, VA) – See all my reviews

Disillusioned NYC cops Joe (Joseph Bologna) and Tommy (Cliff Gorman) decide their meager weekly salary isn't worth getting killed over and plan a big score. Tommy contacts Mafia kingpin Pasquale "Patsy" Aniello (John P. Ryan) after observing him being booked. In disguise, Tommy finds out that Patsy would pay handsomely for $10 million in bonds. So together the two cops plan to rob a local Wall Street firm during a big parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts.

One review here leads off with the line, "A Real Find" and I couldn't agree more. This 70s cop thriller captures both the working man's embitterment with the system and the sleazy side of NYC. Both of the leads are good in their roles and they get fine support from Ryan (has he always been middle aged?), whose lead henchman is played by Joe Spinell. Director Aram Avakian didn't make many films (5 total), but he has a great eye for realism and even a bit of the absurd like the mob using guys on ten speeds during the final chase in Central Park. Filmed entirely in New York City, this really captures the feel of the 70s station house with the green, cracking walls.


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