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Mr. Ricco (1975)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  February 1975 (USA)
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A San Francisco attorney (Dean Martin) is hired to defend a black militant accused of murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Cronyn
Thalmus Rasulala ...
Frankie Steele
Irene Mapes
Geraldine Brooks ...
Katherine Fremont
Purvis Mapes (as Philip Thomas)
George Tyne ...
Lt. Barrett
Robert Sampson ...
Frank Puglia ...
Uncle Enzo
Ellaraino ...
Sally (as Ella Edwards)
Rose Gregorio ...
Nicky Blair ...


A San Francisco attorney (Dean Martin) is hired to defend a black militant accused of murder.

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The only thing people hate more than a cop killer... Is the lawyer who gets him off. See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


PG | See all certifications »




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February 1975 (USA)  »

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Ricco  »

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Frank Puglia's final movie role. He died later the same year 'Mr Ricco' was released, 1975. See more »


Referenced in E! True Hollywood Story: Dean Martin (1999) See more »

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Better than you'd expect
23 February 2012 | by (Trinidad and Tobago) – See all my reviews

Dean Martin's final lead role has somehow managed to slip under the radar of his fans and 70s crime thriller aficionados. Watching this, I expected to find some critical flaw that accounts for it, but found none. Maybe playing against genre expectations hurt the reception. To me that is not a flaw.

Like others have said, this is a very 70s movie. This time the renegade is not a cop but a defense lawyer. Cop is not the law, he's there to enforce it, is the running theme. There are delightful gags involving Ricco's dog that could be from Columbo, and Dino makes fun of his own golf playing. Cindy Williams plays a spunky aid that Ricco tries to help find a man. Philip Michael Thomas of Miami Vice fame has a memorable early performance.

Inspite of the mellow insider group, pay attention to the case. The action is on the streets. Not much happens inside a courtroom. You may think you are about to see an open and shut case, but there are twists and turns. There are clues as well. To avoid spoilers, avoid Robert Ebert's review that misses the point.

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