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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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Two young cops, bored with their assignment as traffic cops, decide to bust criminals on their own time, much to the dismay of their fellow policemen and the management hierarchy.

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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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Bernard Kates ...
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Carlos
Charles Turner ...
Joe Hayes
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John Hayes
Al Fann ...
Frank Hayes
David Greenberg ...
Det. Basoff (as Dave Greeberg)
Robert Hantz ...
Det. Neel
Norman Bush ...
Billy
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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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Debut film of actor Pat Corley. See more »

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The volume of dust on Greenberg and Hantz in the building being demolished varies wildly from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

David Greenberg: Sir? Hantz and me we made all kinds of collars on our own time and all we got so far is called crooks and treated like we got leprosy. A polite question is what the fuck kind of police force is this?
Captain Bush: It is a big organization, that's what kind. Like General Motors. Like the Army. It has its own system of doing things. It may be lunatic. Who knows, who cares. But if you are bucking that system your are in TROUBLE!
Robert Hantz: Even if we aim to improve it?
Captain Bush: HmmmBoy... You belong in the New York Police ...
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Gritty New York crime drama with a sense of humor
6 November 2012 | by (Buffalo, NY - United States) – See all my reviews

Two rookie cops join forces to try and make a difference fighting crime on the streets of New York. They quickly learn they must also fight the corruption and bureaucracy in their own police department.

Entertaining and offbeat crime drama from Gordon Parks which served as his first follow-up feature after directing the two successful Shaft films with Richard Roundtree. Like that series, Super Cops is given a big lift by some great on-location shooting in New York City which really captures the gritty look and feel of 1970's street life.

It also benefits from two likable performances from Ron Leibman and David Selby as the rookie duo "affectionately" nick-named Batman and Robin by the locals. The rest of the cast is a solid mix of familiar faces from the crime and blaxploitation films from that era. Standing out is Pat Hingle as a gruff inspector trying to bring down the boys and Sheila Fraser - fresh off her appearance in the Super Fly films - as a prostitute.

The screenplay is based on the real life exploits of NY police officers David Greenburg and Robert Hantz (who both have cameos in the film) and frequently veers between comedy and drama - albeit somewhat unevenly. It is still held together by the engaging story and the smart direction of Parks.


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