Turk 182! (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  15 February 1985 (USA)
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Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city. At the same time, Mayor Tyler is embroiled in a ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Lynch
Terry Lynch
Danny Boudreau
Mayor Tyler
Det. Kowalski
Steven Keats ...
Det. Ryan
Thomas Quinn ...
Norman Parker ...
Dr. Salco
Powerhouse chief
Man in Wheelchair
Richard Zobel ...
TV interviewer
TV producer


Jimmy Lynch is angry because his older brother, who was injured as a result of an off duty fire rescue, is denied benefits by the city. At the same time, Mayor Tyler is embroiled in a political scandal that he denies all previous knowledge of. Jimmy begins painting "Tyler Knew, Turk 182" as an embarrassment to the mayor. The mayor is furious at this grafitti appearing all over the city and orders the police to find the artist. Jimmy's "Turk 182" spraypaints continue to appear. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Schlitzohr  »

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$1,900,000 (USA)

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One of few films made about fire-fighting. See more »


At the start when the firemen blast Terry Lynch out of the burning window, you can see the wig come off the stuntman as he falls toward the parked car and after he hits the car, you can see it again. See more »


Powerhouse chief: [after Ryan has fired his gun at the power grid to the bridge] Stupid flatfoot. Never heard of auxillary power?
[he turns the backup generator on]
Powerhouse chief: [yelling] Next time you better bring a fucking bazooka, you stupid son of a bitch!
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Referenced in Wishin' and Hopin' (2014) See more »

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Everybody Loves Firemen
12 June 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Back in the day I was given a bit of practical political advice that I follow to this day. Cops are controversial by the nature of their job. But everyone loves a fireman because they're only there to help, everyone is glad to see them and want them to get their just due when they're injured. Take up the case of firemen and you'll never go wrong.

Something that Robert Culp playing a New York City Mayor modeled on John Lindsay should have realized. But he's an arrogant sort and that becomes his downfall.

Turk 182 is the call sign of graffiti artist Timothy Hutton the younger brother of firefighter Robert Urich who is injured off duty when he performs a rescue, it's what firemen do. Then he goes through all kinds of fecal matter trying to get a disability pension. Hutton does not give up and when he's rebuffed at City Hall he wages a one man guerrilla war on the city administration leaving all kinds of graffiti in very public places impugning the integrity and efficiency of the current administration, always with the call sign Turk 182. Turk was Urich's nickname and his ID number with the Fire Department was 182. Takes them a while to figure that out.

Timothy Hutton gives a fine performance as a working class ethic Irish kid from Windsor Terrace one of the last truly ethnic Irish neighborhoods in New York City. But he's the lead in a fine ensemble of players who really make this a New York City story.

Speaking of police there's a contrasting pair in this film with Darren McGavin as a very wise veteran and Peter Boyle as this homicidal maniac of a detective who takes the graffiti activity of Hutton almost as a personal insult. I've seen examples of both in my day. I should also point out the performance of Kim Cattrall as the social worker who gets personally involved in Urich's case when she falls for Hutton.

Turk 182 is a personal favorite of mine in terms of telling stories about New York City. A pity it's not out on DVD or Blu-Ray.

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