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The Black Marble (1980)

A romantic comedy which explores the pressures on police officers.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
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Clarence Cromwell
Raleigh Bond ...
Captain 'Hipless' Hooker
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Pattie Mae
Pat Corley ...
Itchy Mitch
Paul Henry Itkin ...
Det. Bullets Bambarella
Richard Dix ...
Alex Valnikov
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Dr. Rivera
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Mavis Skinner
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Harried Woman
Dallas Alinder ...
Chester Biggs
Elizabeth Farley ...
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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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Crime | Romance | Comedy | Drama

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7 March 1980 (USA)  »

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La canica negra  »

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Trivia

The third adaptation of a Joseph Wambaugh book that included James Woods in the cast, the previous two being "The Choirboys" (1977) and "The Onion Field" (1979). See more »

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Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

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Ochi chyornye
(Dark Eyes)
Written by Florian Hermann and Adalgiso Ferraris
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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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