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Release Date:
16 February 1985 (USA) See more »
Lieutenant Theo Kojak teams up with Dana Sutton, a comely federal agent, to uncover a conspiracy reaching back to the Nazi occupation of the Soviet Union. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Telly Savalas ... Lieutenant Theo Kojak

Suzanne Pleshette ... Dana Sutton

Max von Sydow ... Peter Barak (as Max Von Sydow)
Herbert Berghof ... Buchardt
Dan Frazer ... Captain Frank McNeil

Betsy Aidem ... Elissa Barak

Alan Rosenberg ... Lustig
Charles Brown ... Captain Julius Gay
George Savalas ... Stavros

David Leary ... Chris Kennert
Harry Davis ... The Rabbi
Rita Karin ... Mrs. Fitzev
Mark Russell ... Saperstein (as Mark B. Russell)
Vince Conti ... Det. Rizzo
Margaret Thomson ... Secretary
Otto von Wernherr ... Bodyguard (as Otto Von Wernherr)

James Handy ... Federal Agent #1

Dan Lauria ... Federal Agent #2

Clarence Felder ... Det. Kelly
Martin Shakar ... Assistant D.A.
Noberto Kerner ... Nicolae Kastenov
Herman Schwedt ... Vadim Sevatsky
José Angel Santana ... Ristivo (as Jose Santana)
Adam Klugman ... Lane
Michael Longfield ... Sergeant
Sal La Pera ... Vladimir Fitzev
Brian Keeler ... Film Editor
Lidia Prochnicka ... Mourner (as Lydia Prochnicka)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

R.J. Adams ... Ferderal Agent Meris (uncredited)
Nick Conti ... Judge (uncredited)

Reginald VelJohnson ... Policeman at Court (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Markowitz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Loftus  novel "The Belarus Secret"
Abby Mann  creator
Selwyn Raab  book
Albert Ruben  written by

Produced by
James Duff McAdams .... executive producer (as James McAdams)
Albert Ruben .... producer
Michael Scott .... associate producer
Original Music by
Joseph Conlan 
Barry De Vorzon 
Cinematography by
Alan Metzger (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Katherine Wenning 
Casting by
Shirley Rich 
Art Direction by
Richard Bianchi 
Set Decoration by
Alan Hicks 
Costume Design by
John Boxer 
Makeup Department
Gabriel Borgo .... hair stylist (as Gabe Borgo)
Irv Buckman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Michael Rauch .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Gains .... first assistant director
Nathalie Vadim .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Nathan Boxer .... sound (as Nat Boxer)
Dan Lieberstein .... supervising sound editor
Casting Department
Joy Todd .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Guy Tanno .... costume supervisor
Rose Trimarco .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Judith Blume .... editorial coordinator
Music Department
James E. Morris .... music editor
Other crew
John Loftus .... technical advisor
Jackie McEvoy .... production coordinator
Edward R. Murrow .... voice
Selwyn Raab .... development (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Last appearance of Dan Frazer as Frank McNeil, George Savalas as Stavros, Mark Russell as Saperstein, and Vince Conti as Rizzo.See more »
Dana Sutton:Who loves ya, baby?See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Kojak Budapesten (1980)See more »


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0 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Not A Good Follow-Up To The Series, 7 October 2011
Author: Eric-62-2 from Morristown, NJ

Those who were fans of the original "Kojak" series or who have been discovering it anew on DVD thanks to the recent (and long overdue) release of S2 should be forewarned that if they ever come across this TV-movie, the first of the post-series Kojak movies, they will see almost none of what made the series fun. Basically, what has happened is the character of Kojak has been shoehorned into a thin story that has almost nothing in the way of police process but is just an excuse to dramatize the highly suspect arguments of author John Loftus (who I might add has also written some dubious and thoroughly discredited junk trying to link the Bush family to the Nazi regime) about the Americans smuggling in Nazi criminals from Russia after the war. And to bring about this, Telly Savalas has basically been told to forget about playing Kojak the way we always enjoyed watching him (we don't even so much as get one scene of him with a lollipop!). Instead, Kojak is the mouthpiece for some pretentious speech making about America disgracing itself and covering up etc. etc. that frankly comes off as irritating in the extreme. Even though brother George Savalas is back as Detective Stavros (he died not long after this was made), and Detectives Rizzo and Saperstein are still around there's none of the old sense of great camaraderie that existed in the original inside the station that made watching Kojak fun. Dan Frazer as Captain McNeil shows up only in one scene and it's not clear what his position is in the department now since he's no longer Captain at Manhattan South. He's only there for Kojak to vent at.

As for the plot....there were more inconsistencies than I could count. It's predictable from the beginning who the killer is yet for some reason they try to manufacture "suspense" out of this. Then we get an implausible climactic confrontation between the killer and his final target that makes no logical sense whatsoever except to give us the contrivance of a final scene in an interesting locale with Kojak and his new partner Lustig (a stand-in for Crocker, since Kevin Dobson was by now busy with "Knots Landing") situated far back. The pretentiousness to promote dubious scholarship was bad enough, but they couldn't even give us a decent Kojak story in the process (toss in an awful 80s synth score that gets annoying after awhile and it only makes the viewing experience more painful). I love ya Kojak, baby, but not in this silly mess.

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