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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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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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Joseph Wambaugh won the 1981 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his screenplay for this movie. See more »

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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.3 (2011) See more »

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Ochi chyornye
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Written by Florian Hermann and Adalgiso Ferraris
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Lovely Paula Prentiss comeback

In 1980 Paula Prentiss returned to good form after a five-year absence from the screen, with this affectionate version of Joseph Wambaugh's novel. Less concerned with physical action, this is a romantic comedy that deals with the inner world of police detectives. In a way, The Black Marble is the second installment of a trilogy about people in uniform, started with The Onion Field and finished with Taps, all three films directed by Harold Becker, photographed by Owen Roizman and edited by Maury Winetrobe. Roizman used splendidly the Panavision format, while Maurice Jarre contributed a beautiful score. Robert Foxworth, Harry Dean Stanton, Barbara Babcock and John Hancock all gave very good performances. A nice cameo by James Woods.


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