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Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  6 February 1981 (USA)
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From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Connolly
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Corelli
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Morgan
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Isabella
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Theresa
Tito Goya ...
Jumper / Detective
Miguel Pinero ...
Hernando
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Jose
Lance Guecia ...
Track Star (as Lance William Guecia)
Rony Clanton ...
Pimp (as Ronnie Clanton)
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Dacey
Sully Boyar ...
Dugan
Michael Higgins ...
Heffernan
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Storyline

From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. The story follows officer Murphy, who seems to be a tuff cynic, but in truth he's a moralist with a sense for justice. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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15 minutes from Manhattan there's a place where even the cops fear to tread. [UK Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 February 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Apacserőd Bronxban  »

Box Office

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$29,200,000 (USA)
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Trivia

According to veteran TV writer and producer Steven Bochco, this film served as one of the inspirations for his ground breaking series Hill Street Blues (1981). See more »

Goofs

In the last scene, you can see the (non-extra) locals being held back in the background to give the illusion of a deserted area. See more »

Quotes

Connolly: [walking into the precinct for the first time] Captain Duggan's office?
Pantuzzi: [points toward the right without looking up] .
Connolly: Don't you monitor the people who ask to see the commander, Sergeant? What if I was a lunatic with a gun?
Pantuzzi: Then you wouldn't be a police officer Captain Connolly. Or would you?
Connolly: What's your name, Sergeant?
Pantuzzi: Kicking ass and taking names eh Captain? Well I'm Sergeant Anthony Pantuzzi. I have 22 years on the job and I'm ready to retire tomorrow if I get a hard time from my new commander...
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Referenced in Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) See more »

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It's Time to Party Now
Written by Ray Parker Jr. (uncredited)
Performed by Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
(P) 1980 Arista Records, Inc.
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Some trivia: Based on the real experiences of Thomas Mulhearn & Paul Tessitore
20 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For those who didn't know.... This movie was based on the real life experiences of Thomas Mulhearn and Paul Tessitore who are pictured in some of the stills. Murphy (Paul Newman's Character)was inspired by Tom Mulhearn, he is my sister's dad, and he's a pretty interesting guy. I've heard all kinds of funny stories from my mom whom we will refer to as "V", talking about how Rachel Ticotin stole her role (which she claims is based on her given the fact that she's Puerto Rican and that she was with Tom during the writing of the screenplay). Its true that the story behind the drama is always the most interesting.

The point of this is... to let you guys know.. that the stuff in that movie, isn't even half of what i've heard really happened, and that those guys it was based on deserve props for being some of New York's Finest. I've heard that, it was a pretty tough neighborhood back then. Tom (part of the inspiration) is alive and well with a beautiful family to speak of. I'm not sure what happened to paul.


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