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Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)

In New York, South Bronx's main police precinct is nicknamed Fort Apache by its employees who feel like troopers surrounded by hostiles in a wild west isolated outpost.

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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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No Cowboys, No Indians, No Cavalry To The Rescue, Only A Cop. See more »

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Crime | Drama

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6 February 1981 (USA)  »

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The Bronx  »

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$29,200,000 (USA)
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The name of the division that the police worked out of was New York's 41st Precinct in the South Bronx. The name of it's police station headquarters was Precinct Station House 41. It is stated in the film's storyline to be not a precinct house but rather a fort in hostile territory, hence the nickname "Fort Apache" of the film's title, an allusion and reference to the famous Fort Apache of the old American West, itself previously the title of a famous John Wayne movie [See: Fort Apache (1948)]. See more »

Goofs

Credits typo: In the closing credits, Frederick Allan, who played Corelli's brother, is credited as Corelli's bother. See more »

Quotes

Connolly: What's all this Indian junk?
Heffernan: Well, you know the precinct is nicknamed 'Fort Apache'...
Applebaum: The men put that up, Captain. Guy goes on vacation, he brings back some kind of souvenir, you know?
Connolly: It makes the place look like a fraternity house... take it down, lieutenant.
Applebaum: It's not a good idea, Captain.
Connolly: And let's see about getting this place painted.
Heffernan: Well that's kind of a problem, painters won't come up here.
Connolly: We'll have to get all those civilians out from in front of the precinct.
Applebaum: We can't do that.
Connolly: [...]
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ed Asner/The Kinks (1984) See more »

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Guajira
Written by David Brown (uncredited), C. Reyes (uncredited) and Rico Reyes (uncredited)
Performed by Santana
Courtesy of CBS Records
(P) 1971 CBS Records
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It Will Strike A Serious Nerve.
23 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie not made for anyone, just for someone who is willing to listen. It's just like human life, it breathes, it walks, it laughs, and it dies. Paul Newman is a great actor, but this is his finest film to me. He plays Officer Murphy, an funny, serious and tired man. He's trying to stop this case of murders going around his town. He's sick of the racism in his precinct ,but never shows it. His partner(Ken Wahl) is getting married at a young age. And He is falling love with a Latino woman(Rachel Ticotin), who has deep skeletons in her closet. This movie plays like short stories involving Murphy, yet it never stays off plot. In a way our life works, the plot is ourself and the stories that inter-vein with us are people we know. Now this is a depressing movie, but it's great as hell and it will strike a serious nerve. How come some movies that are not based on true story, are sometimes the realist story you'll see in your lifetime?


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