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Brass -- The Chief of Detectives of the New York Police Department, is a tough cop who has worked his way up the ladder from being on a beat.


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Carroll O'Connor ... Frank Nolan

Lois Nettleton ... Claire Willis
Larry Atlas ... Capt. Larry Jacobs

Samuel E. Wright ... Capt. Michael Shore
Jimmy Baio ... Tony Covello

Marcia Cross ... Victoria Willis

Begonya Plaza ... Rosa Garcia (as Begonia Plaza)

Vincent Gardenia ... Chief Mike Maldonato

Anita Gillette ... Sister Mary Elizabeth

Robert Brown ... Chief Shannon
Richard Bright ... Philip Stack
Wayne Tippit ... Police Commissioner Haines

Paul Shenar ... Schuyler Ross
Gary Howard Klar ... Leland Brice
Al Mancini ... Gianni Farro

Patricia Kalember ... Lori Cartwright
Pat McNamara ... Lt. Hanley

Angelo Tiffe ... Uniformed officer
Louis Guss ... Samuel Selig

Jude Ciccolella ... Det. Si Levy
David Chandler ... Bradley Oates
Andrew Davis ... Arnold Boone

Dan Lauria ... Det. Navarro
Graciela Lecube ... Old woman
Rudolfo Diaz ... Mr. Vargas

Susan Rybin ... Michaela

Jim Moody ... Medical Examiner

Lori Tan Chinn ... Hilda

Barry Heins ... Swidon (as Barrett Heins)

Paul Herman ... Uniformed officer
Rita Karin ... Mrs. Dietz
Francine Beers ... Eileen
Andrew B. Clark ... White doorman (as Andrew Clark)
Tom Spackman ... Doctor
Tudi Wiggins ... Mrs. Amory

Stefan Schnabel ... Norman Steingarten
Franklin Scott ... Black detective

Gerry Bamman ... George Whitman
Liam Gannon ... Priest
Dennis McMullen ... Lt. Mulachy
Shirley Stoler ... Woman in window
Thomas Ikeda ... Butler
John Ramsey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paulene Myers ... Lucy Ward
Hugh O'Connor ... James Flynn

Directed by
Corey Allen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roy Baldwin 
Carroll O'Connor  (as Matt Harris)

Produced by
T.J. Castronovo .... producer
Jerry Golod .... executive producer
Carroll O'Connor .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Sherman 
Cinematography by
Ronald M. Lautore 
Film Editing by
Lovel S. Ellis 
Jim Gross 
Art Direction by
Robert Gundlach 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy J. Lonsdale .... dga trainee

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94 min
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At the 20 minute mark a thug mentions "Hauser Street" on the telephone. Carroll O'Conner played "Archie Bunker" on "All In The Family" and "Archie Bunker's Place" and lived at 704 Hauser Street.See more »


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Author: rsoonsa ( from Mountain Mesa, California

After Carroll O'Connor's television tenure as Archie Bunker was peremptorily ended, he immediately moved to develop a pair of concepts as means of continuing his weekly serial television career; IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT was successful whereas BRASS was not, and for sufficient reason. BRASS shows effects from its TV pedigree stamped liberally upon it, including such as freeze frames during its opening and closing moments, surges of unsubtle music as commercial interruptions apparently near, in addition to other integral elements, in particular distinctly deferred resolutions for some scenes and characters. O'Connor is Frank Nolan, Chief of Detectives for the New York Police Department, tasked to solve two separate crimes, one concerning murders of geriatric victims in Penn Station and the other a multiple homicide in the CBS parking structure, with Nolan not realistically being given the assignment by the Police Commissioner who has opted to bank upon his top-ranked investigator to personally apprehend the killers. Together with his sleuthing, Nolan offers his opinions to nearly everyone upon him upon a wide range of subjects and also lobbies to save the police pension of a boyhood friend who has been discovered associating with known criminals and is at risk of being fired as a result. Co-scriptor O'Connor, an excellent actor, contributes polished timing and some clever business but at no time convinces as a Chief of Detectives, this being the film's most glaring drawback, although it is as well riddled with incongruities and continuity failings. Paul Shenar wins the acting laurels - he portrays the principal villain - while good turns are contributed by supporting players Richard Bright and Al Mancini, also answering to the Forces of Evil. Direction by Corey Allen is not routine, and he utilizes the camera to fashion a mise-en-scene that includes a good deal of invention, while Robert Gundlach's appropriate design should not be overlooked.

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