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The Black Marble (1980)

PG  |   |  Crime, Romance, Comedy  |  19 March 1981 (Australia)
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A romantic comedy which explores the pressures on police officers.

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Sgt. A.M. Valnikov
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Sgt. Natalie Zimmerman
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Philo Skinner
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Madeline Whitfield
John Hancock ...
Clarence Cromwell
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Captain 'Hipless' Hooker
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Pattie Mae
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Itchy Mitch
Paul Henry Itkin ...
Det. Bullets Bambarella
Richard Dix ...
Alex Valnikov
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Dr. Rivera
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Mavis Skinner
Doris Belack ...
Harried Woman
Dallas Alinder ...
Chester Biggs
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Pragmatic Sgt. Natalie Zimmermann is paired with Valnikov, a romantic detective of Russian origin who is going through a midlife crisis. They fall in love while solving the case of the kidnapping of a socialite's pet dog. Written by EST <cimas@sinfo.net>

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The Black Marble" is a motion picture different than anything JOSEPH WAMBAUGH has ever written. See more »

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This movie was made and released about two years after its source novel of the same name by Joseph Wambaugh was first published in 1978. Wambaugh wrote the screenplay as he had done the previous year for The Onion Field (1979). 'The Black Marble' was Wambaugh's fifth novel. See more »

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Laugh-out-loud cop show
27 February 2002 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

IMO, this is one of the most underrated films ever. I love most of Joseph Wambaugh's cop stories and this one was sheer delight. From the opening scenes, when the drunken Robert Foxworth is shown swaying back and forth at a religious ceremony, until Harry Dean Stanton ends up in a Mexican hospital with his genitalia mutilated by a Doberman Pinscher, it's just one long belly laugh after another. The only jarring note in this otherwise splendid comedy is Foxworth's mental flashbacks to murdered children. I think this is one of the few movies I've seen where the screen version of a story surpasses the original book.


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