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Badge of the Assassin (1985)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  2 November 1985 (USA)
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Three black revolutionaries gun down two New York City police officers. The subsequent investigation puts a white assistant DA and a black police detective on the trail of the killers that ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert K. Tanenbaum, Assistant District Attorney
Detective Cliff Fenton NYPD
Detective Bill Butler NYPD
Lester Bertram Day
Steven Keats ...
Harold Skelton, Defense Attorney
Larry Riley ...
Herman Bell
Christine Horn
L.J. Delsa
Albert Washington (as Kene Holliday)
Toni Kalem ...
Diane Piagentini
Tamu Blackwell ...
Gloria Lapp
Anthony 'Tony' Bottom
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Three black revolutionaries gun down two New York City police officers. The subsequent investigation puts a white assistant DA and a black police detective on the trail of the killers that leads from New York to San Francisco and down to New Orleans. Written by

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They killed in cold blood. Not for money. Not for revenge. But for an even more ruthless motive.




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2 November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Marca do Assassino  »

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The San Francisco police cars in the movie are painted blue and white. In real life, SFPD patrol cars were painted black and white in 1971, when the scene takes place. See more »


Detective Cliff Fenton NYPD: It doesn't make sense!
Herman Bell: It does not have to! It just has to get noticed! They have to learn - -oppressing people COSTS!
Detective Cliff Fenton NYPD: Now I know what you are. You're not a man; you're not a leader; you're a black thug!
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Realism not usually seen
24 December 2000 | by (derby, ks usa) – See all my reviews

This is the true story, told from the viewpoint of the prosecutor, of the Jones-Piagentini case. NYPD officers Waverly Jones, who was black, and Joseph Piagentini are lured by a false call to a street corner and are ambushed and killed by a small band of black "revolutionaries".

The film concentrates on the investigation by the police and the Manhattan district attorney and the two trials that followed.

Good performances by an excellent cast, and a very good script, based upon prosecutor Robert Tannenbaum's book by the same title, give this film a sense of drama that is not usually seen.

Overall, this was an excellent film.

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