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Report to the Commissioner (1975)

Police officer Patty Butler, alias "Chicklet," is the live-in girlfriend of Thomas 'Stick' Henderson to gather evidence. Detective Bo Lockley is instructed to try to find her, not knowing she's also a cop.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bo Lockley
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Richard 'Crunch' Blackstone
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Patty Butler
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Captain D'Angelo
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Thomas 'Stick' Henderson
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Lt. Hanson
Edward Grover ...
Captain Strichter
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Chief Perna
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Joey Egan (as Robert Balaban)
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Asst. D.A. Jackson
Stephen Elliott ...
Police Commissioner
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Billy
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Lt. Seidensticker
Albert Seedman ...
Detective Schulman
Noelle North ...
Samantha
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Police officer Patty Butler, alias "Chicklet," is the live-in girlfriend of Thomas 'Stick' Henderson to gather evidence. Detective Bo Lockley is instructed to try to find her, not knowing she's also a cop.

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No One Knew She Was An Undercover Policewoman. Including The Detective Who Killed Her.

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29 September 1975 (Denmark)  »

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Akros aporriton  »

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This film features both Hector Elizondo and Richard Gere. Fifteen years later, they will appear together in "Pretty Woman" (1990). See more »

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When Michael Moriarty is chasing Tony King through the street, at first King is barefoot, but at certain instances, you can tell he has on shoes, then later in the chase scene, he is barefoot again. See more »

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Lt. Seidensticker: [to Crunch] Hey ball breaker! Meet your new partner, Beauregard Lockley!
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Tragedy engulfs rookie cop Michael Moriarty after he locates Susan Blakely
27 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Report to the Commissioner" is a fine 1970s noir, bringing together a top A-team to create a film that packs quite a punch.

Abby Mann co-wrote the screenplay with Ernest Tidyman. Mann was a very experienced and capable writer, with such credits as "Judgment at Nuremburg", "Ship of Fools" and "The Detective". Tidyman had done "Shaft", "The French Connection" and "High Plains Drifter". What a team we have here. Plus we have the excellent music of Elmer Bernstein.

The result, while not up to these earlier efforts, is still a very interesting story. It works mainly as an expose of the New York City Police Department, particularly the way that the system's incentives shape the behavior and mis-behavior of those inside it. It does not work completely as a realistic story, however. That's because much of it is far-fetched, such as Moriarty ever becoming a cop and Blakely sleeping with her quarry. In some respects, the movie is intentionally over-the-top, almost for comic relief. The two sequences that come to mind are a chase sequence on foot in which Tony King runs barefoot dressed only in boxer shorts and a sequence in which amputee Bob Balaban rides his coaster behind a moving taxi.

The acting team assembled for this movie was first-rate. Susan Blakely is fitting as an undercover cop. She shacks up with a drug dealer played strongly by Tony King, who had played in both "Shaft" and "Hell up in Harlem" and went on to a continuing role in "Bronk". Dana Elcar and Hector Elizondo never miss in any of their roles. Richard Gere is a surprise, appearing as a pimp. William Devane always scores; here he's a slick assistant D.A. Yaphet Kotto is an equally strong presence, as he is in all his films. For example, he is unforgettable as Idi Amin in "Raid on Entebbe". Bob Balaban plays an amputee and he is given a stunning sequence that takes a big cinematic chance. The script of "Report to the Commissioner" is so clever that all of these supporting actors get substantial exposure. They are NOT wasted.

The protagonist around whom all the action revolves is Michael Moriarty. He is completely his character.

Moriarty enters the force as a long-haired cop, who refuses to push people around and has sympathy for the gallery of characters who inhabited the Times Square and nearby areas at that time down to 41st Street. He's not cut out to be a tough and cynical cop. He's more like a social worker. His assumptions about how people and cops act or should act do not match the realities he encounters. Later in the movie, he seems to lose his bearings and become more fixated on getting back at the police behavior he is experiencing. He becomes more violent when it suits him against people he dislikes. He becomes disoriented.

The main part of the plot centers on Moriarty's search for Blakely, instigated by his superiors who don't want him to find her, she being undercover. He is so conscientious and anxious to show them up that he does find her with King. This sets in motion the last and more tragic part of the film.


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