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>
This is based on the true story of two rookie NYC cops whose exploits earned them the nicknames "Batman" and "Robin" in the 70s. Ron Leibman stars as David Greenberg (Batman) and David Selby stars as Robert Hantz (Robin). These two rock the boat right away by making drug arrests on their days off. Naturally, this doesn't sit well with the other crooked cops who don't like to be made to look bad. The duo find themselves in all sorts of scenarios from stopping hit men out to kill them (true story) to beating up a purse snatcher who turns out to be a high ranking cop (not so true story). Directed by Gordon Parks and written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., THE SUPER COPS never really finds the right footing. With hard hitting cop dramas like DIRTY HARRY, THE FRENCH CONNECTION and SERPICO coming out in the previous years, it is kinda hard to imagine how audiences reacted to this. The cops are played as goofballs with Ron Liebman, a dead ringer for John Astin, being truly annoying. At the same time, there is some hard hitting stuff about corrupt police and the system. Interestingly, the film opens with footage of the two real cops receiving commendations from a character portray as crooked (by Pat Hingle) in the film. Even more interesting, the two cops apparently both fell on the wrong side of the law several years after this film was made.
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