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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
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Law and Disorder (1974) **1/2, 26 November 2006
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

It's a weird thing about this comedy-drama. I first saw it as a kid back in 1975 where it played almost constantly on HBO and was one of the first movies I ever recall seeing on cable TV. At the time I thought it was damn funny and ever since it became somewhat of a lost film until Anchor Bay released it to DVD several years ago. I couldn't wait to see it again. But when I finally revisited it on disc, I'd found that much of the magic had gone and I didn't think it held up quite as well. It's worth watching for sure if you're a fan of Carroll O'Connor or Ernest Borgnine, but still stacks up as kind of a slightly lost opportunity.

In this movie, O'Connor is a cab driver (and doing his usual Archie Bunker routine even though I think he was trying to prove he wasn't typecast) and Borgnine is his longtime best friend and a struggling hairdresser who owns his own salon (how's that for bizarre casting?). Karen Black is cast as Ernie's ditzy and belligerent's employee, the best hair stylist he's able to find. Dwelling with their heads just barely above water in a typical '70s crime-infested New York City, the men become fed up with it all and decide to become auxiliary cops in order to help straighten the neighborhood out from the wrath of drug dealers, burglars and street scum. They get more than they bargained for in the end, which is the best part of the film, and a very strong climax.

While this team-up would seem to be a sure-fire winning combination and set-up, the "story" as it's presented is practically non-existent and all over the place, which is kind of a shame. Golden moments and funnies do show up in odd places, but these share the screen time with all sorts of plot holes and different, undeveloped ideas. Worth a watch if you can see it, but this could have been a lot better. **1/2 out of ****

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