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Busting (1974)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  13 April 1974 (Norway)
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LA cops Gould and Blake get in over their heads when they don't heed orders from above and go after a big crime boss. While higher ups in the police department want the cop duo to just ... See full summary »

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Vice Detective Michael Keneely
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Vice Detective Patrick Farrel
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Carl Rizzo
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Stephen
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Marvin
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Rizzo's Bouncer
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Judge Fred R. Simpson
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Desk Sergeant
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Mrs. Rizzo
John Lawrence ...
Sergeant Kenefick
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Rizzo's Connection
Cornelia Sharpe ...
Jackie Faraday
Erin O'Reilly ...
Doris
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LA cops Gould and Blake get in over their heads when they don't heed orders from above and go after a big crime boss. While higher ups in the police department want the cop duo to just focus on nabbing petty criminals, the team does so while still going after LA kingpin Rizzo. Various fist fights, chases, shootouts and other carnage occur as the two cops go after Rizzo's crime syndicate. Written by Patrick Knightly <pjknight@polsci.umass.edu>

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In the courtroom scene of Jackie the hooker's preliminary hearing, the Judge's name on his desk nameplate is "Hon. Fred R. Simpson" . This is also the name of the film's First Assistant Director. See more »

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Huge Black Man: [while beating Keneely with brass knuckles] Hello, Keneely. You know what, Keneely? I gotta message for you, from my friend. He says: Shazam! That's all; Shazam. Can you dig it?
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Damn Good 70s Cop Flick!
3 March 2002 | by (Astoria, New York) – See all my reviews

I caught part of this 1973 flick one late night on TNT. I was intrigued because it was supposed to be Peter Hyams' first theatrical effort. So I went out and bought a copy on VHS. At first this film may not seem much. Just an updated version of the old police procedurals from the 1940s and 50s. But after a couple more viewings I was hooked. There's a certain indescribable quality to it (see Walter Hill's "The Driver" and you'll know what I mean). A hang-dog, left coast version of the French Connection. Very laid back, but deadly serious. The viewer feels the same frustrations the Gould-Blake teams feels in the up-hill struggle to rid their beat of society's scum. The duo risks life, limb, and personal and professional humiliation trying to nail the vile crime boss and galvanize indifferent peers/supervisors. Brisk dialogue, thoughtful direction, excellent photography by the under-used Earl Rath, sleazy LA locales and a fine cast make this forgotten film a winner. Give it a try!


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