The saga of a Chicago police detective's efforts to stop a young hood's ruthless rise in the ranks of organized crime.
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 Lt. Mike Torello (43 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Sgt. Danny Krychek / ... (31 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Det. Nate Grossman (31 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Det. Joey Indelli / ... (31 episodes, 1986-1988)
Paul Butler ...
 Det. Walter Clemmons (31 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Ray Luca (29 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Atty. David Abrams (29 episodes, 1986-1988)
John Santucci ...
 Pauli Taglia (28 episodes, 1986-1988)
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 Manny Weisbord (18 episodes, 1986-1988)
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18 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Brigada mòvil de Xicago  »

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The character of Ray Luca (Anthony Denison) is based upon Chicago mobster Tony "The Ant" Spilotro. Spilotro also inspired Joe Pesci's character of Nicky Santoro in "Casino". By the same token, Andrew "Dice" Clay's character of Max Goldman and Robert DeNiro's character of Sam "Ace" Rothstien in "Casino" are both based upon Spilotro's partner, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the filming of the series in Chicago, if you pay attention, you can see modern cars, billboards, etc. in the background of this series which takes place in the 1960s. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Mike Torello: Hey you. You hurt anybody else, when this is over, I'm gonna find what you love the most and I'm gonna kill it. Your mother, your father, your dog... don't matter what it is, it's dead.
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1 February 2000 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Crime Story was very probably the best show of its kind ever. Although it ran only two seasons, it boasted a superbly worked story and, without question, the best cast ever assembled for television. Not a big star in the mix, but the finest selection of character actors around. Probably the best conflict ever between two men on screen, Denis Farina as cop Mike Torello, and Anthony Denison as hot-headed mob figure Ray Luca. Luca's rise to power in Chicago and later in Las Vegas is the central plot, with Torello and his task force on target to bring him down. With Torello's every failure to bring Luca to justice, he becomes more frustrated and empassioned, and turns up the heat a notch each time, while Luca dances just beyond his reach, increasingly arrogant in his new-found invincibility.

Along with the well-laid foundation of drama and conflict, there was quite a lot of dark humor, one of the things I liked best about the series. Much of this was provided by John Santucci as Paulie, and Ted Levine as Holman, as Luca's sleazy low-life helpers. One show in particular stands out, in which Luca dispatches Paulie and Holman to go to work at a competitor's casino, to do everything possible to make it lose money. Another great role was Luca's long-suffering wife, Cori, played with shrewish gusto by Johann Carlo.

The first season was superior to the second, mostly because the first was so close to perfect. The second half of the first season, in which Torello follows Luca to Las Vegas, is no less than outstanding. Having seen "Casino",the Martin Scorcese movie from 1995, I was struck by how many similarities there were between that movie and "Crime Story" in Las Vegas.

This show was in reruns on USA ten years ago, for a short time, it seems they only ran the whole series through twice. I did tape it at the time, but have since been able to order the entire series on tape, a ten-cassette set. Although the picture quality is not great (EP mode), I am grateful to have these episodes to watch at all. If anybody ever properly puts this series on video (two episodes per tape, stereo sound), I would be even more grateful. The best television show of the 1980's deserves better!


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