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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
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Captain 'Hipless' Hooker
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Pattie Mae
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Itchy Mitch
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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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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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Featured in Sneak Previews: Going to the Movies: Revisited (1981) See more »

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Ochi chyornye
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Written by Florian Hermann and Adalgiso Ferraris
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A real misfire
26 December 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This movie has all the signs of a film that sat on the shelf for a while. When The Onion Field came out, this made Wambaugh (and James Woods) hot again, and they decided to release it -- that's my guess. Look at Woods, in the pre-stardom, almost extra role of the Fiddler.

The reason is simple. Robert Foxworth stinks it out. He delivers such a soft center in the role, the proceedings are even difficult to understand.

The other problem is that the dialogue is long long, pointless and drawn out. The action crawls along a foot a minute while the characters make small talk.

Paula Prentiss is fine, as is Harry Dean Stanton. But sometimes movies don't always jell, and this one sure doesn't either.


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