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The Black Marble (1980)

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
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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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A WILD, WICKED DETECTIVE STORY as only Joseph Wambaugh could tell it! 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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The amount of the ransom was $85,000. See more »

Connections

Features Super Bowl XIII (1979) See more »

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Ochi chyornye
(Dark Eyes)
Written by Florian Hermann and Adalgiso Ferraris
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Bad Marketing of a Cool Film
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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