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May 1974 (USA) See more »
Meet the brother with a badge . . . on the take! See more »
Crime fighter Terry Sneed arrives in New Mexico to help out a local police chief - but he's already taking money from the underworld. | Add synopsis »
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Billy Dee Williams ... Sneed

Eddie Albert ... Chief Berrigan

Frankie Avalon ... Danny James

Sorrell Booke ... Oscar

Tracy Reed ... Nancy

Albert Salmi ... Dolek

Vic Morrow ... Manso

A Martinez ... Tallbear
James Luisi ... Benedetto
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kathrine Baumann ... James' Girl (as Kathy Bauman)

John Davis Chandler ... Man with Braces (as John Chandler)

Robert Miller Driscoll ... Elliot

Kathleen Hughes ... School Nurse
William Sargent ... Barry Indus
Vernon Weddle ... Vanessi
Dick Yarmy ... Roclair

Directed by
Robert Hartford-Davis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Franklin Coen 
G.F. Newman  novel "Sir, You Bastard"
Del Reisman 

Produced by
Howard Brandy .... producer
Stanley Rubin .... executive producer
Rick Senat .... associate producer (as Eric H. Senat)
Original Music by
Fred Karlin 
Cinematography by
Duke Callaghan 
Film Editing by
David de Wilde 
Aaron Stell 
Art Direction by
Kirk Axtell 
Costume Design by
Bill Whitten 
Production Management
Robin S. Clark .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robin S. Clark .... first assistant director
William Saint John .... second assistant director (as Bill St. John)
Art Department
Terry Ballard .... property master
Thomas Gark .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Harold M. Etherington .... sound recordist
Robert L. Harman .... re-recording mixer (as Bob Harmon)
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer
Howard S. Wollman .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Cliff Wenger .... special effects
Larry Holt .... stunts
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)

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91 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Billy Dee Williams and Vic Morrow previously appeared in The Glass House (1972) (TV).See more »
Continuity: When Sneed is chasing one of Manso's trucks, the left tail light of Sneed's car is shown being knocked out, but it's there again in the succeeding long shot, and continues to reappear and disappear throughout the chase.See more »


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This is actually a VERY unique movie!, 28 June 2015
Author: jeffdiggy from United States

I'm giving this movie a high/er mark because it is VERY unique! In fact I'd give it higher than an 8, but everything MUST have a flaw...the '8' is actually like a '10'...or '11' on an amplifier...or "ludicrous speed", heh heh! Billy Dee's character is a VERY confident, effective yet crooked cop. Imagine that...a character like 1974! He REALLY is the star of the movie and takes no shorts! But, surprisingly, he also prevails in the end! Amazing! It would seem that, in those times especially, white audiences would have wanted to see this black character fall in the end. He's a bad guy...who prevails in the end! Not even white characters did this often back then! Billy is VERY smooth in this movie...a testament to how big a star he was/IS...and I'm CERTAIN this role helped him Land the 'Lando' character a relative few years later...because, again, it is such a RARE even have existed in movie history...and, I can't emphasize enough, at THAT time in our, American history! You get the feeling this movie slipped though the cracks to even be MADE...much like 'The Spook Who Sat by the Door'...which came out the same year...both probably receiving the same, shelved fate at the box office...BECAUSE they were such anomalies...with themes that understandably made white America...unsettled, to say the least. And a nod to Vic Morrow's character...HORRIBLE how this GREAT actor died in real life. He, too, was VERY good in this movie...and pretty much anything, Like Williams, you will ever see him in.'s about to come on (Bounce TV, 1:00 AM, 6/28/15...I WAS here!)...I'm going to watch it for a second time now...maybe with an amendment or two later (another post if compelled/allowed?). Be well movie enthusiasts! THIS a rare gem! Update! 3:00 AM...just watched again. Surprised I remembered this movie so well and stand by my above review! Correction, however...'The Spook Who Sat By the Door' came out in '73...the same year as 'Soylent Green'...maybe I'll do reviews on those...2 of my favorites of ALL simple reviews WON'T be as easy!

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