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Crime Story (1986–1988)

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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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
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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)
 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 <genekim@concentric.net>

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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 »


In the episode where Ray & Paulie receive their passports it state that Ray was born in 1947 that mean he would have been only 16 when he first runs into Torello and he is already married with children. 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 With Friends Like These... (1998) See more »


by Del Shannon
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Awesome pilot to a great series!
21 June 2003 | by (Pittsburgh, PA) – See all my reviews

This tv show had it all, great characters played by a fantastic cast, some of the coolest cops and villians you could ever ask for, great music, the cars, the atmosphere and dialogue, and a plot that went way beyond any single episode! It's the story of one cop named Michael Torello (Dennis Farina) who makes it his life's mission to bring down a "ruthless hood" named Ray Luca (Anthony Denison) who is quickly working his way to the top of the Chicago organized crime syndicate. Along the way, you're introduced to other key figures, like Andrew Dice Clay's character Max Goldman and a performance by Joseph Wiseman as Manny Weisbord that stands just as strong as anything The Godfather produced (in my absolutely biased opinion, of course). Don't forget Pauli Taglia, Ray's henchman, and rockin' Frank Holman (the same guy who plays Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs), who bears an intriguing resemblance to the Rev. Horton Heat! The series started in Chicago, migrated to Las Vegas about a third of the way through, and ends in Latin America of all places. I won't give anything away here, but I will warn you that if you see the pilot, you'll want to get your hands on the rest of the series. Unfortunately, that's not as easy. The tapes show up on ebay regularly but aren't cheap. Good news is that Anchor Bay is releasing all the episodes on dvd really soon, so it's probably just better to wait for that. Alot of the tapes were copied in SLP mode anyway, and don't have the best quality. This series has a severe cult following now, even though it only aired for two seasons in the '80s. I introduced my girlfriend at the time to this show, and while she was skeptical at first, by the end she insisted we had to get the rest of the series. You'll watch it over and over again and pick up on stuff you miss everytime, not to mention the stories are just classic and filled to overflowing with one-liners and scenes! Michael Mann is a genius for making this show happen. I hated Miami Vice, but this was just "the greatest thing, since bullets"---Yikes!!!!, I could write on and on about the merits of this series!! It's hard to believe how few people know about Crime Story! Don't be one of those people, check it out!

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