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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Complete series cast summary:
 Lt. Mike Torello (43 episodes, 1986-1988)
 Sgt. Danny Krychek / ... (31 episodes, 1986-1988)
 Det. Nate Grossman (31 episodes, 1986-1988)
 Det. Joey Indelli / ... (31 episodes, 1986-1988)
Paul Butler ...
 Det. Walter Clemmons (31 episodes, 1986-1988)
 Ray Luca (29 episodes, 1986-1988)
 Atty. David Abrams (29 episodes, 1986-1988)
John Santucci ...
 Pauli Taglia (28 episodes, 1986-1988)
 Manny Weisbord (18 episodes, 1986-1988)


Chicago, 1963. As head of the police department's Major Crime Unit, Lieutenant Michael Torello must deal with the city's most dangerous criminals. And possibly the most dangerous of all is Ray Luca, a young ambitious street hood who's out to gain wealth and power by whatever means - including theft, threats, extortion and murder. As Luca begins his ruthless climb up the ladder of organized crime, leaving a growing number of victims in his wake, Torello becomes more and more determined to bring him down. Written by Eugene Kim <>

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Release Date:

18 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Brigada mòvil de Xicago  »

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(42 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Del Shannon re-wrote and re-recorded his classic hit "Runaway" for the title sequence of the series. See more »


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 »


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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Crazy Credits

Al Kooper ... Guy who picks music for the show See more »


Referenced in Red Heat (1988) See more »


Written by Del Shannon (uncredited) and Max Crook (uncredited)
Performed by Del Shannon
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Steel-tough Chicago Cops, Old School justice.
25 July 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I only wish I could rate it higher on the scale than just ten stars.

Talk about a lot of work that went into this one. I actually felt as if I was back in the early sixties when I was watching it. This was masterfully done. The scripting, to me was flawless. The development of the characters, was straight up, right. The scenery, well...brought to you by Good Ole Michael Mann. Largely some of the coolest style and presentation in Television and Cinema that I have seen yet. Mr. Mann brings deep emotional content and sustaining context to what he makes. I was traveling on a short vacation, I stopped into Tower Records in L.A. probably about (1995) and found the complete 'Crime Story' series on VHS for I believe it was merely $60.00 then. Needless to say I bought it. Then later on laser disk, but only found a couple. Now it has been put out on DVD!! Thankyou everyone in charge of production and ownership of the rights and especially WalMart for selling it on-line! Cheaper than when I bought it on VHS even.

Every character together makes the 'tapestry' of the story complete. From the lawyer, David Abrams(Stephen Lang), the ever 'Bad', Ray Luca, to Johnny O'Donnell (David Caruso, now C.S.I.:Miami's Lt. Caine) Pauli Taglia the roly-poly happy go lucky, sometimes fearful,(when running into Turello) sidekick to head man 'Luca'. But, you can't forget (or even try) the king of the street Lt. Mike Turello! Now He's the man!!! His crew, including Big Walter Clemmons, Nate, Joey and of course Danny. All excellent detectives battling highly organized crime (or evil) in their fair city.

The town and all the back ground in the story just rings true to form of that city in that era. The job putting this all together to make it that real, takes incredible work, time, effort, research. Even down to using real 'Morgue footage' actual film stock from 1963 for the real 1960s Chicago look. It was compiled and layered just right.

But then the network that let this epic show, just go, I believe is really stupid. Just like other shows that have had total-life left and yet the network 'lunk-heads' pulled the plug instead of giving some better, (uh hmmm) P.R. than they had done, back then. This show inspired me and my creative mind. I didn't quite know in what way, then, but I know now. I recommend this awesome police-mafia drama, with some comical over tones to those who enjoy wheel made television. (***)

P.S: I just bought the DVD set, and it is still a beauty to behold, now digitally remastered!!!!

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