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
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Madeline Whitfield
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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
Doris Belack ...
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 <>

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Second of two screen adaptations for director Harold Becker from a novel by Joseph Wambaugh. The first had been The Onion Field (1979) the previous year. See more »


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Outstanding entertainment !
28 August 2011 | by (Alexandria, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I read the book (©1978) about two weeks ago, rated it 8/10, discovered there was a movie version (©1980), watched the movie last night while "Irene" was storming our neighborhood. The book was slow to start and a bit difficult to get into. But, once the author "set the hook", I couldn't stop reading. What a superb composition. But then comes the movie... Hollywood did an outstanding job moving the book to film. The last time I enjoyed a book/film combination as much as this was for "Get Shorty". Well done Wambaugh! Thanks much.

The character development within the film is excellent with plenty of concentration on the major & minor players... one reason the movie is as long as it is. Some may complain, but one can't really appreciate how well this development supports the overall thrust of the movie without reading the book or watching the movie a second time.

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