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The Black Marble (1980)

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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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Itchy Mitch
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Mavis Skinner
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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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19 March 1981 (Australia)  »

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Writer Joseph Wambaugh was a Californian policeman for 14 years from 1960-1974. At the age of 33 in 1970, he began writing novels about the police force with his first novel being released in 1971. He left the force because people kept recognizing him as a novelist. See more »

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Wambaugh book is ruined..
28 December 2004 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

The Black Marble was adapted from Wambaugh's novel, which was clever, fresh, funny and compelling. The movie contained none of the above. Harry Dean Stanton's acting was the only saving grace to this movie that went absolutely nowhere from start to finish. Poor acting and painfully slow dialog made this "B movie" appear to last six hours. A true yawn-fest from start to finish. No need to add spoilers to this review as everything that took place was both corny and predictable. Considering Wambaugh was responsible for classics such as the Onion Field and The New Centurions, The Black Marble will be remembered as Wambaugh's Black Plague.


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