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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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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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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 »

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Crime | Drama

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6 February 1981 (USA)  »

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Apacserőd Bronxban  »

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$29,200,000 (USA)
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Rachel Ticotin's character "Isabella" was partly inspired Thomas Mulhearn's long-time Puerto-Rican/Cuban girlfriend Venus Castano. She worked in a medical office and lived in situations similar to "Isabella" at the time of writing and production. Venus Castano actually auditioned for the role despite the personal connection to the character. Though, she wasn't cast, she appeared as an extra in several scenes, along with Thomas Mulhearn and their daughter Elizabeth. See more »

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Obvious dummy when Murphy and Corelli prevent the transvestite from leaping off the roof. See more »

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Murphy: [Murphy and Isabella are playing the game of you-tell-me-about-me while on their first date. Murphy starts telling Isabella about herself] Poor family, you're the oldest. You've got a lot of brothers and sisters. You got a brother in the joint. Your mother's sick. You got a scholarship to nursing school and you did real good, but you can't get a job anywhere but here. How'm I doin'?
Isabella: I don't know yet.
Murphy: [continuing] Smoke a little reefer, fool around a little bit, you wanna get married but the ...
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Guajira
Written by David Brown (uncredited), C. Reyes (uncredited) and Rico Reyes (uncredited)
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Under-rated
13 August 2004 | by (Lincoln England) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised at all the negative reviews of this movie. yes, it's dark and depressing and certainly 'un-even', but I was glued to the screen. New York is the most fascinating city I've ever visited. Beautiful, cosmopolitan, fantastically wealthy and it sure never sleeps. But there's a dark side to "the big apple" and I honestly think this film captures that perfectly. It shows the poverty and despair of all those who haven't managed to live the dream and the siege mentality of the guys trying to maintain law and order. It's an utterly believable picture of day-to-day police work in a huge city. Much better than Cagney & Lacey & Kojak. Paul Newman plays a veteran patrol officer who's been on the streets too long and finds it hard to take anything seriously any more, until. You'll have to watch the movie to find out what lights his fire again. Ken Wahl (convincingly) plays his much younger partner and Ed Asner is superb as their hard-nosed Captain, struggling to be a cop, manager, politician, budget-holder and father-figure all at once. In fact, I would say Asner deserved an Oscar nomination. It was easily his best role. Fort Apache truly shows the real nature of a war against crime. Cops are under-funded and battling daily against impossible odds. All they have is each other. On the DOWN side, this movie does have 2 major flaws. First, it is horribly jolty and un-even. There's no plot at all and (to me) it felt throughout like a 'pilot' for a police soap opera that never made it to series. And second, the romance between Paul Newman and Rachel Ticotin is frankly ridiculous. They're both excellent actors and I'm one of the many millions who envy Newman his good looks, but, Ticotin is THIRTY THREE years younger than Newman. He could (almost) be her Grandfather! Fort Apache is a good movie though and I would say it paved the way for many current shows (such as Law & Order) which show law enforcement, warts and all. It's well worth seeing.


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