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15 February 1976 (USA) See more »
A young girl knows the truth. Now that truth is haunting her, and someone is hunting her. See more »
When disturbed New York City (NYPD) cop Lacy rescues Sally, a beautiful cellist, from deranged crook Rabbit by shooting Rabbit in cold blood, he sets off a spark of publicity that brands him the city's hero. | Add synopsis »
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Don Murray ... Lacy
Diahn Williams ... Sally

James Earl Jones ... Rabbit

Lilia Skala ... Mrs. Broderick
George S. Irving ... Reilly

Treat Williams ... Billings
Charles Siebert ... Baker

Hank Garrett ... Buckley

Dick Anthony Williams ... D.A. Winston
Mel Berger ... Arco
Virginia Sandifur ... Ellie
Ron Weyand ... Captain Stark

Conchata Ferrell ... Slugger Ann
Tom Kampman ... Hunter

Josh Mostel ... Victor (as Joshua Mostel)

Amina Warsuma ... Prostitute
Mike Mearian ... T.V. Announcer
Bob Maroff ... Desk Sergeant
Charlie Welsh ... Father Brady
Leonardo DeVega ... Hairdresser
Jerry Jarrett ... Coroner

Irene Tsu
Manuel E. Santiago (as Michael Santiago)

Beverly Johnson
Nicholas Saunders

Danny DeVito
Leon Pinkney (as Leon Pickney)

Michael Gorrin
Hector Lino
Tim Pelt
Steve DeLuca

Rutanya Alda
Diane Hawkins
Mark Carvel
Gregory Salata
Mike Sullivan
Deanne Rossi
Julie Csorba

Peter Maloney
Chu Chu Malave
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Debbie Harry ... Singer (uncredited)

Chris Stein ... Guitarist (uncredited)
Michael Sullivan ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Ivan Nagy 
Writing credits
Don Petersen (writer)

George Wislocki  uncredited

Produced by
Charles Hirsch .... associate producer (as Chuck Hirsch)
Robert Liberman .... executive producer
Thomas J. McGrath .... producer
Stanley Plotnick .... executive producer
Original Music by
Brad Fiedel 
Tom Mandel  (as Tommy Mandel)
Cinematography by
Andrzej Bartkowiak 
Film Editing by
Susan Steinberg 
Casting by
Madeline Kampman 
Art Direction by
Alan Herman 
Makeup Department
Candace Clements .... makeup artist
Gabriella Csorba .... makeup artist
Cindy Hogan .... makeup artist
Barbara Shamus .... makeup artist
Production Management
Harvey Portee .... unit manager
Frank Viggiano .... production manager (as Frank Caggiano)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Baran .... assistant director
Joyce Hellew .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Steven Kirshoff .... property master
Alex Nislick .... property master
Howard Saulter .... scenic designer
Sound Department
Al Gramaglia .... sound mixer
Ron Kalish .... sound editor
Nigel Noble .... sound recordist
Ed Rothkowitz .... sound editor
Kit Whitmore .... boom operator
Erik Cord .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Bender .... best boy
David Green .... film loader
Neal Haines .... electrician
Haddon Hufford .... second grip
Luc .... still photographer
Philip Perlman .... video technician
Dustin Smith .... key grip (as Dusty Smith)
Michael Stone .... assistant camera (as Mike Stone)
Bob Vee .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanne Barsch .... wardrobe assistant
Michael Miller .... wardrobe
Abel Rapp .... costumer: Diahn Williams
Editorial Department
Paul Cavagnevo .... apprentice film editor
Jane Weiner .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Arthur Leigh .... music editor
Other crew
Paul Abraham .... production assistant
Femi Adsqum .... production assistant
Warren Eckstein .... dog trainer
Lisa Harris .... production assistant
Nancy Hart .... production assistant
Linda Hellew .... production assistant
Calvin T. Hughes .... production assistant
Stanley Klein .... advisor
Lorriane Lax .... assistant to director
Greg Leevy .... production assistant
Laura McGrath .... production accountant
Rick Patterson .... production assistant
Stanford Tice .... technical advisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
102 min
Color (Technicolor) | Color (Movielab)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (video premiere) | USA:R

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Early acting roles for Debbie Harry (of New York City's punk-new wavers Blondie) and Danny Devito (both uncredited).See more »


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Don Murray personifies police violence, 19 February 2016
Author: msroz from United States

"Deadly Hero" (1975) is a 70s-style neo-noir. It's quite good, but beware that it seems to start off a bit slowly with some scenes that run too long, like a dancing/music scene. Once it settles down and focuses itself, it becomes more edgy. Don Murray is great as a violent cop who is first recognized as heroic but then is accused of murder. I felt that the movie did not generate much if any sympathy for him and his plight. After all, early in the story he guns down kidnapper James Earl Jones for no good reason at all when he has already surrendered. There is some allusion in the movie to Murray's character being an outlier among all police. We are shown many sides of his character, such that we can to some extent understand him. Being a street cop for 18 years has hardened him and being tough has got him commendations. He's imbibed a philosophy of being society's instrument against crime when the justice system fails. Regardless, his behavior can be seen as a prototype for today's far more extensive and unnecessary police brutality.

The film is very 70s, which is not a criticism. It's blunt, energetic, colorful and has a realistic street-wise edge. Being fully a New York City movie brings in an array of loud and boisterous New York characters.

Diahn Williams, who reminds me of Mary Tyler Moore, is perfect in the part of a 45-year old cellist who is kidnapped by Jones and becomes a key witness in the events leading to his death. The story develops into a thriller, but the heart of the movie has to be the tragedy of it that culminates from the basic conflict between Murray's behavior and the conscience of Diahn Williams.

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