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Release Date:
11 October 1974 (West Germany) See more »
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Impossible ? Incredible ? Amazing ? Not for the super cops. See more »
Plot:
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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Great Popcorn Entertainment See more (17 total) »

Cast

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

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Trivia:
The real-life "Batman and Robin", officers David Greenberg and Robert Hantz, had a 97% conviction rate and became legends in New York City. They received ever commendation and citation that the NYPD could award.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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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Movie Connections:
References "Batman" (1966)See more »
Soundtrack:
When the Saints Go Marching InSee more »

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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Great Popcorn Entertainment, 6 July 2005
Author: Sturgeon54 from United States

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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