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31 July 1975 (Netherlands) See more »
In the crime-ridden 70's New York, two cops have had enough. They, along with few other disgruntled people decide to take the things into their own hands. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Carroll O'Connor ... Willie

Ernest Borgnine ... Cy

Ann Wedgeworth ... Sally
Anita Dangler ... Irene
Leslie Ackerman ... Karen

Karen Black ... Gloria
Jack Kehoe ... Elliott

David Spielberg ... Bobby

Joseph Ragno ... Peter (as Joe Ragno)
Pat Corley ... Ken
J. Frank Lucas ... Flasher
Edward Grover ... Capt. Malloy (as Ed Grover)
Pepper Wormser ... Yablonsky

Lionel Pina ... Chico

Gary Springer ... F.U. Kid
Jay Fletcher ... Jogger
William Richert ... Desk Sergeant
Jack Stamberger ... Morris
Ed Madsen ... Frank
Adam Lessuck ... Eddie
Sydney Sheriff ... Ralph

Allan Arbus ... Dr. Richter
Teodorina Bello ... Chico's Mother
Peter Lago ... Chico's Father
Rita Gam ... Woman in Cab
Michael Medwin ... Man in Cab
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cassandra Danz ... Tenant Protestor
Raymond Martino ... Willie Bongo (uncredited)

Directed by
Ivan Passer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kenneth Harris Fishman 
Ivan Passer 
William Richert 

Produced by
Michael Medwin .... executive producer
William Richert .... producer
Edgar J. Scherick .... executive producer
Albert Finney .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti  (as Andy Badale)
Al Elias 
Cinematography by
Arthur J. Ornitz 
Film Editing by
Anthony Potenza 
Casting by
Michael Chinich 
Don Phillips 
Art Direction by
Gene Rudolf 
Set Decoration by
Paul Vogt 
Costume Design by
Ann Roth 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Haralla .... assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... assistant director
Walter Skotchdopole .... assistant director
Art Department
Bruno Robotti .... charge scenic artist
Sound Department
Christopher Newman .... production sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Di Pasquale .... first assistant camera
Willie Meyerhoff .... gaffer
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Music Department
Angelo Badalamenti .... conductor (as Andy Badale)
Angelo Badalamenti .... music arranger (as Andy Badale)
Jean-Jacques Perrey .... electronic music effects

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101 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Cy:If the police can't protect us, then it's our constitutional duty, under the Constitution of the United States, to protect ourselves!See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Good NYC film, 25 November 2001

Having not seen this film for over 20 years, and remembering how great it was as a kid seeing it on cable, I was very happy (and surprised!) to see it released on DVD and picked it up immediately. I discovered it was a lot funnier when I was a kid, although making up for that was watching two great stars like Carroll and Ernest, as well as all the NYC locations, as I've always been a fan of NYC films, my hometown.

One interesting thing is, this being a motion picture, Carroll O'Connor is upstaged in every scene by movie star Ernest Borgnine. And not that Carroll is bad, not at all, he's actually decent, and the two actors make a good pair with some good chemistry (a re-pairing in a future film would have been great even!). But on the silver screen Carroll doesn't have the immense presence he has on the tube as Archie Bunker, and Ernest is clearly the "leader" here.

The two head an auxiliary police force to battle the crime in their neighborhood. It's obvious a pre-Rudy Giuliani New York City, NYC being quite legendary in the 70's for it's high crime and smut. NYC isn't cast in the best light, but then again, in 1974 it just wasn't in the best light yet. (Thanks Rudy for all you've done!) Like "Cooley High," it's a bit odd to see such a downbeat ending in a comedy, but it's still a good viewing.

If you like NYC films, and want to see two old pros do their thing and take the young'uns to school, "Law and Disorder" is a good DVD buy, before it goes out of print.

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