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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. A.M. Valnikov
Sgt. Natalie Zimmerman
Philo Skinner
Madeline Whitfield
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Captain 'Hipless' Hooker
Pattie Mae
Pat Corley ...
Itchy Mitch
Paul Henry Itkin ...
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Dr. Rivera
Mavis Skinner
Doris Belack ...
Harried Woman
Dallas Alinder ...
Chester Biggs
Elizabeth Farley ...


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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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19 March 1981 (Australia)  »

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23 June 2004 | by (sparks, nevada) – See all my reviews

The only thing wrong with this movie was the way they handled it upon release. I'm not into Wambaugh cop films, but this was different. Good performance from Robert Foxworth and a lovely, nuanced one from Paula Prentiss (who was NEVER nominated; believe it or not). These are some messed up folks in L.A. in 1980 from different culture, but good cops. Harry Dean Stanton is perfect as the dog-napper, but this flick has a rhythm.

You never really know where this film is going; all the Ukranian background of Foxworth and Prentiss' patience with this troubled over-worked mess of a guy, patiently works a semi-romantic tinge to this strange cop film. It's a 7 out of 10 for sure.

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