The two detectives investigating a double homicide, discover that the man and women who died were mistakenly murdered - it was the detectives themselves who were the intended targets.

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Morgan Sterne ...
D.A. Mark Henderson (as Albert Morgenstern)
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Richard Ward ...
Gilbert Green ...
Frank Tallman
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Mrs. Gretchen Knebel (as Carole Ita White)
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The two detectives investigating a double homicide, discover that the man and women who died were mistakenly murdered - it was the detectives themselves who were the intended targets.

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30 April 1975 (USA)  »

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Paul Michael Glaser didn't believe a TV series would follow the pilot. See more »

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When Starsky jumps into the swimming pool after the hitman, he is wearing his trademark white cardigan. As he climbs out, however, he is wearing a blue shirt. A moment later, he is wearing the cardigan. See more »

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Det. Dave Starsky: Who are we supposed to report this too? I mean, who in the Hell are we supposed to trust?
Det. Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson: The same people we always trust. Us.
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References Blacula (1972) See more »

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Cult TV is born!
16 July 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When a car just like Starsky's is the target of a hit, the police suspect that the target was really Starsky and Hutch. The two cops decide to stay on the street and try to find out who wants them dead and why. However their informants tell them a much deeper tale.

The pilot for the original show doesn't have the cool music but it does have everything else that gave birth to the cult TV show. The plot isn't exactly going to set the world on fire but it is passable. However it does allow plenty of chance for Starsky to crack wise, Hutch to look good for the ladies, Huggy Bear to be cool and Dobey to shout and be gruff.

The action is very basic but is still fun – however it's hard to ascertain how good it would be if it wasn't already a cult classic. Soul is good and was always my mum's favourite – however I always preferred Glaser as the witty Starsky (and it was his car!). it's hard to imagine the world without Huggy Bear – and Fargas is still making a living off that one role all these years later!

Overall it's not as good as the TV show itself but this pilot has much in common with it and is well worth a watch – if only for the car, the jokes and those terrible cardigans.


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