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The Super Cops (1974)

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The true story of two New York City cops. Greenberg & Hantz fought the system, became detectives and were known on the streets as "Batman & Robin".

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Cast

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David Greenberg
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Robert Hantz
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Sara (as Sheila E. Frazier)
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Insp. Novick
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Police Capt. Irving Krasna
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Judge Benny Kellner
Bernard Kates ...
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Alex Colon ...
Carlos
Charles Turner ...
Joe Hayes
Ralph Wilcox ...
John Hayes
Al Fann ...
Frank Hayes
David Greenberg ...
Det. Basoff (as Dave Greeberg)
Robert Hantz ...
Det. Neel
Norman Bush ...
Billy
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Storyline

Dave and Rob, fresh from the Police Academy, enrage their captain because they want to do more than controlling the traffic. As penalty they are sent to Brooklyn. However they don't give up, but develop their own methods to fight against dealers, criminals and corrupt colleagues. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Impossible ? Incredible ? Amazing ? Not for the super cops. See more »


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11 October 1974 (West Germany)  »

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2 supercolt a Brooklyn  »

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David Greenberg:  As Detective Basoff. See more »

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Pat Hingle's character is identified as "Inspector Novick" yet he wears 4 stars on his uniform. In the NYPD 4-stars would indicate the Chief of the Department. A NYPD inspector wears a gold eagle similar to an Army colonel's. See more »

Quotes

Detective: 21 Precinct? That's our precinct. When did you start working here?
David Greenberg: Well, to tell you the truth, we started working here tomorrow.
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Remade as The Supercops (1975) See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
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6 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gordon Parks, the prolific black Life magazine photographer, made a true ticking-timebomb of a movie here - one that does not mess around! Based upon the true story of two NYC cops - later dubbed Batman and Robin - who singlehandedly employed radical tactics to clean up their precinct neighborhood of drugs, this is a cop-buddy movie before that term became a repetitive formula. Lightning paced, there is not one unimportant throwaway scene here.

Man, early '70s NYC must have been a terrible place to be a police officer, from the looks of movies like this and "Serpico." These two cops start out as safety-division rookies, busting dealers in plainclothes in their spare time. But instead of receiving applause from the city police department, they receive nothing but resistance and antagonism from their peers. They have to singlehandedly navigate a minefield of police and legal corruption, boneheaded assignments meant to keep them from their work on the streets, ruthless drug kingpins, and a nasty ghetto neighborhood.

Both David Selby and Ron Leibman are fantastic in the leads; part of the entertainment is watching Leibman's eyes darting around crazily in every scene in what is a flawless comic performance, and Selby's acting is low-key and wry. These two make all the comedy aspects of the story work - displaying a palpable frustration mixed with gutsy determination. Director Parks, who was already known for his coverage of controversial subjects in his photography, does not shy away from the grittiness of the story. Rather, the movie is uncompromising in portrayal of the toughness of the world of police and streets criminals that these two men inhabit. Adding to this realism is the fact that the real Hantz and Greenberg acted as technical advisors for the film, and even appear in surreal cameo roles as two fellow officers who ridicule the protagonists. It is a real tribute to the effectiveness of Parks' direction that he manages to perfectly balance this depressing mileu with bright comedy.


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