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The Black Marble (1980)

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
Clarence Cromwell
Raleigh Bond ...
Captain 'Hipless' Hooker
Pattie Mae
Pat Corley ...
Itchy Mitch
Paul Henry Itkin ...
Det. Bullets Bambarella
Richard Dix ...
Alex Valnikov
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Dr. Rivera
Mavis Skinner
Harried Woman
Dallas Alinder ...
Chester Biggs
Elizabeth Farley ...


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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7 March 1980 (USA)  »

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Alle bliver sorteper  »

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After the way his novel was adapted for its film version The Choirboys, novelist Joseph Wambaugh decided to take more control of his literary works, having a much larger influence on the production of this movie and its predecessor adaptation The Onion Field (1979). Joseph Wambaugh was credited sole screenwriter on both films. 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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