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11 October 1974 (West Germany) See more »
Impossible ? Incredible ? Amazing ? Not for the super cops. See more »
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". Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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David Selby Relocates from Collinsport to Gotham City
 (From Comicmix. 19 September 2012, 1:57 PM, PDT)

DVD: DVD: The Super Cops
 (From The AV Club. 27 September 2011, 10:00 PM, PDT)

/Film La: Edgar Wright Programs The New Beverly January 14-31
 (From Slash Film. 3 January 2011, 6:00 AM, PST)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ron Leibman ... David Greenberg

David Selby ... Robert Hantz

Sheila Frazier ... Sara (as Sheila E. Frazier)

Pat Hingle ... Insp. Novick

Dan Frazer ... Police Capt. Irving Krasna

Joseph Sirola ... Police Lt. O'Shaughnessy
Arny Freeman ... Judge Benny Kellner
Bernard Kates ... Heller
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
Arthur French ... Victor
Tamu Blackwell ... Girl (as Tamu)
Hector Troy ... Angel

Charles White ... Old Sarge
Ralph Strait ... Instructor
Joseph P. McCartney ... Sports Instructor
Pat Corley ... Captain Bush
Albert Henderson ... Captain Arbow
Barton Heyman ... Police Lt. Stratton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eddie Barth ... Detroit Hitman / Driver (uncredited)
Don Billett ... Patrolman Carter Price (uncredited)
Rudy Bond ... Policeman (uncredited)

Sam Coppola ... Detective (uncredited)

Barry Corbin ... Onlooker on Ladder (uncredited)
James Dukas ... Patrolman (uncredited)
Louis Guss ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)

Earle Hyman ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Tony Lip ... Detroit Hitman (uncredited)

Stephen Macht ... Detective Finley (uncredited)
Patrick V. Murphy ... Himself (NYPD Commissioner) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lee Steele ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Steve Vignari ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Parks 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lorenzo Semple Jr. 
L.H. Whittemore  book

Produced by
William Belasco .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Fielding 
Cinematography by
Richard C. Kratina  (as Dick Kratina)
Film Editing by
Moe Howard  (as Harry Howard)
Art Direction by
Stephen Hendrickson 
Set Decoration by
John Godfrey 
Costume Design by
Joseph G. Aulisi 
Makeup Department
Martin Bell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert J. Koster .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kurt Baker .... first assistant director
Joseph B. Wallenstein .... second assistant director
Art Department
Hal Bock .... head carpenter
Sound Department
G. Lee-Scott .... sound
Harry W. Tetrick .... sound
Special Effects by
Tony Parmelee .... special effects
Giorgio Ubaldi .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera
Warren Rothenberger .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David Bretherton .... consulting editor
Music Department
Jerry Fielding .... conductor
Mayuto Correa .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
David Greenberg .... technical advisor
Robert Hantz .... technical advisor

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90 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | UK:AA (1977) | USA:R | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Cameo: [David Greenberg]As Detective Basoff.See more »
Continuity: The volume of dust on Greenberg and Hantz in the building being demolished varies wildly from shot to shot.See more »
Robert Hantz:How legal is this?
David Greenberg:Legal? Offhand,I'd rate it somewhere between murder and kissing a cocker spaniel.
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Movie Connections:
References "Batman" (1966)See more »
When the Saints Go Marching InSee more »


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Zap! POW! Blam!, 30 October 2014
Author: Dan Franzen (dfranzen70) from United States

The Super Cops is a police drama along the lines of Serpico, which was released a year earlier, with more emphasis on action and humor and less on retaliation within the police force. It's an under-appreciated, almost-forgotten gem that's carried by the charismatic lead characters, played by Ron Leibman (now known as the voice of Ron Cadillac in the FX series Archer) and David Selby.

Leibman and Selbey play new cops Greenberg and Hantz who quickly tire of traffic duty and begin to solve crimes and bust crooks in their spare time. (No, really.) They accomplish this by thinking outside the rule book, in particular the one with the unwritten rules. They refuse to take bribes or grease palms. They receive assistance from convicted criminals. They stake out drug dealers in a giant cardboard box. All of this earns them some high profile busts and the enmity of pretty much every other cop in their precinct, particularly their new direct supervisor, Lt. O'Shaughnessy (Joseph Sirola).

I realize this sounds like what's now a typical buddy-cop movie: a pair bucks the system to do what's right. And it sort of is a progenitor to those films. But look here, this story, based on the book by L. H. Whittemore, was a bit more groundbreaking than all of those Lethal Weapon clones we've seen over the past two decades. The cops aren't always good guys? They can make mistakes and have lapses in ethics? No one wants to see Greenburg and Hantz succeed, not nobody, not no how! But they do their best anyway, even if it means no advancement. They'll work in a crappy precinct for a jerky boss, even on desk or traffic duty, and then work cases in their spare time. Their spare time! The other cops try hard to dissuade the dynamic duo – nicknamed Batman and Robin for their comic-book-like exploits – from messing around with their traditional system of not caring (particularly after the shift's over). Meanwhile, Greenburg and Hantz just want to clean up one of New York's worst crack-infested areas, The Man be damned. They're crazy like foxes, is what they are. How crazy? They try to take down one baddie while the building they're in is being demolished. Pretty awesome scene.

The Super Cops is available on DVD, finally. Seems the great Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) raved about this lost classic, and that somehow spurred the powers that be to release the movie to the public. So it's out there, and it's well worth your while.

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