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Force Five (1975)

TV Movie  -   -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  28 March 1975 (USA)
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A special police unit composed of ex-convicts, each chosen for their skill in a particular area, investigates the mob beating of a star basketball player.

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Lieutenant Roy Kessler
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James T. O'Neil (as Nick Pryor)
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Lester White
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Arnie Kogan
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Vic Bauer
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Michael Dominick
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Cal Newkirk
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Arthur Haberman
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Frankie Hatcher
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Steve Ritchie
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Reggie Brinkle
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Patty (as Nancy Fuller)
Claire Brennen ...
Shirley Cole (as Claire Brennan)
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A special police undercover unit composed entirely of ex-cons, chosen for their particular skills, investgates the vicious syndicate beating of a star basketball player who refused to "throw" a game in favor of the mob while the player's father plots to take vengance if he catches his son's attackers first. Written by Anonymous

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Not what it seems.
23 September 2005 | by (Brisbane, Australia) – See all my reviews

The other two reviewers seem to have this TV-movie confused with some kind of Japanese animation show. Surely they would realize from the summary and cast listing that they're on the wrong page. I found an old copy of this on VHS for sale at a video store here in Australia, and it appears to be the pilot for an abandoned TV series called "Final Tactic", in which a police lieutenant reluctantly hires ex-cons who are the best in their fields to help crack-down on organized crime, because the police department's usual methods are failing.

Bradford Dillman makes a surprise appearance as the evil-doer and spends much of the movie-length show outwitting the lieutenant and his cons, until a rather spectacular climax at his hilltop estate in Hollywood. There are a number of exciting action sequences, including a lengthy car chase and a helicopter crash into Dillman's pool! The plot involves the star player of a state basketball team being thumped across the head in a parking lot in an apparent mugging, but the shady financial dealings of team officials proves otherwise. There is a good story here, and the lieutenant investigates and carries it on nicely, with his new recruits doing all of his dirty work along the way.

"Final Tactic" or "Force Five" as it must have been called in the US (which makes sense, as there are five on the team - lieutenant and four cons) also makes excellent use of the various southern California locations made famous in movies of the early seventies. Places long-gone like J.C. Agajanian's Ascot Park Raceway and the original toll booths on the Vincent Thomas Bridge make wonderfully-nostalgic backdrops against the action, and for a TV movie from the seventies it does seem to have quite a modest budget and has all the magic and sparkle of a Hollywood blockbuster. A shame that it never appeared to evolve into a TV series, and even more of a shame that such TV series' and even TV movies aren't as well-written and acted as this one was! A thoroughly recommended viewing if you can track it down somewhere.


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