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Release Date:
18 September 1986 (USA) See more »
The saga of a Chicago police detective's efforts to stop a young hood's ruthless rise in the ranks of organized crime. Full summary »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more »
User Reviews:
Awesome pilot to a great series! See more (33 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 97)

Dennis Farina ... Lt. Mike Torello (43 episodes, 1986-1988)

Bill Smitrovich ... Sgt. Danny Krychek / ... (31 episodes, 1986-1988)

Steve Ryan ... Det. Nate Grossman (31 episodes, 1986-1988)

Billy Campbell ... Det. Joey Indelli / ... (31 episodes, 1986-1988)
Paul Butler ... Det. Walter Clemmons (31 episodes, 1986-1988)

Tony Denison ... Ray Luca (29 episodes, 1986-1988)

Stephen Lang ... Atty. David Abrams (28 episodes, 1986-1988)
John Santucci ... Pauli Taglia (27 episodes, 1986-1988)

Joseph Wiseman ... Manny Weisbord (18 episodes, 1986-1988)

Series Directed by
Leon Ichaso (4 episodes, 1986)
Aaron Lipstadt (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Colin Bucksey (3 episodes, 1988)
Francis Delia (2 episodes, 1986)
Mario DiLeo (2 episodes, 1986)
Bobby Roth (2 episodes, 1986)
Eugene Corr (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Soul (2 episodes, 1987-1988)
Bill Duke (2 episodes, 1987)
John Nicolella (2 episodes, 1987)
James Quinn (2 episodes, 1987)
Gary Sinise (2 episodes, 1987)
Paul Krasny (2 episodes, 1988)
Mark Rosner (2 episodes, 1988)
Jeff Stein (2 episodes, 1988)
Series Writing credits
Chuck Adamson (43 episodes, 1986-1988)
Gustave Reininger (43 episodes, 1986-1988)
Gail Morgan Hickman (10 episodes, 1987-1988)
David J. Burke (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael Mann (8 episodes, 1986-1988)
Tom Towler (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ken Solarz (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Peter Lance (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Mark Rosner (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
Robert Eisele (4 episodes, 1987)
Clifton Campbell (3 episodes, 1986-1987)
Eric Blakeney (2 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tony Castro (2 episodes, 1986)
Carlton Cuse (2 episodes, 1986)
Richard Christian Danus (2 episodes, 1986)
Frederick Rappaport (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
Michael Mann .... executive producer (43 episodes, 1986-1988)
Brooke Kennedy .... associate producer (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Gusmano Cesaretti .... associate producer (8 episodes, 1986)
Peter R. McIntosh .... producer / associate producer (7 episodes, 1986)
Marty Eli Schwartz .... associate producer / co-producer (2 episodes, 1986-1987)

Chuck Adamson .... coordinating producer (unknown episodes, 1987-1988)
Stuart Cohen .... producer (unknown episodes)
Gail Morgan Hickman .... producer (unknown episodes)
Michael Jaffe .... producer (unknown episodes)
Marvin Kupfer .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Johnny Lattanzio .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Mark Rosner .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Christine A. Sacani .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Charles Calello (5 episodes, 1986)
Al Kooper (5 episodes, 1986)
Todd Rundgren (3 episodes, 1986)
Series Cinematography by
Ronald Víctor García (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
James A. Contner (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Series Film Editing by
Barry B. Leirer (2 episodes, 1986)
Rick Tuber (2 episodes, 1987-1988)

Terence Anderson (unknown episodes)
Rose Kuo (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann (8 episodes, 1986)
Series Production Design by
Stephen Dane (4 episodes, 1986)
Jeffrey Howard (2 episodes, 1986)
Hilda Stark (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Art Direction by
Hilda Stark (1 episode, 1986)

Cate Bangs (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Linda Lee Sutton (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
Series Costume Design by
Lynette Bernay (7 episodes, 1986)

Patricia Field (unknown episodes)
Marilyn Matthews (unknown episodes)
Debra McGuire (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Kathe Swanson .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1986)
Jerry Turnage .... make-up / makeup artist (6 episodes, 1986)
Howard Barr .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1986)
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1986)

Tony DiMaria .... hair designer: Paul Anka (unknown episodes)
Tena Parker .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
John Rizzo .... makeup department head (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
J. Paul Huntsman .... post-production supervisor (8 episodes, 1986)
Henry Bronchtein .... unit production manager (7 episodes, 1986)
Clayton Townsend .... production manager (3 episodes, 1987)

Brooke Kennedy .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kevin Barry Howe .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1986-1987)
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
Richard Patrick .... second second assistant director (7 episodes, 1987)
Michael Waxman .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1986)
Don Wilkerson .... second assistant director / assistant director (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
James Giovannetti Jr. .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1986)
Fred Miller .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1986)
John M. Poer .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1987)

Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Batan Silva .... assistant director: Mexico (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
William Dambra .... property master (8 episodes, 1986)

Johnny Lattanzio .... construction coordinator (unknown episodes)
Paul Stanwyck .... head painter (unknown episodes)
Timothy W. Tiedje .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (30 episodes, 1986-1987)
Ed Callahan .... sound editor (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (21 episodes, 1986-1987)
George H. Anderson .... supervising sound editor (7 episodes, 1986)
Ray Cymoszinski .... sound mixer (7 episodes, 1986)

Scott D. Smith .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Ken Speed .... special effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts (5 episodes, 1987-1988)
David John Adamson .... stunt performer (4 episodes, 1988)
Gary Combs .... stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1986)

Andy Gill .... stunts: car chase (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Moyer .... gaffer (15 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael Kohnhorst .... first assistant camera (14 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michael M. Krevitt .... key grip (7 episodes, 1986)
Danial Miller .... dolly grip (3 episodes, 1986)

Paolo Cascio .... additional second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Sean Doyle .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Michael Hofstein .... director of photography: second unit (unknown episodes)
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Tommy Klines .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Jeff Block .... casting assistant: New York / casting assistant: new york (7 episodes, 1986)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marie Boller .... costume assistant (20 episodes, 1987-1988)
Jane Blank .... seamstress (14 episodes, 1986-1987)

Kim Myer .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Barry B. Leirer .... supervising film editor (4 episodes, 1986)
Jack Hofstra .... supervising film editor (3 episodes, 1986)
Series Music Department
Al Kooper .... music supervisor (7 episodes, 1986)
Max Crook .... composer: opening credits music (6 episodes, 1986)
Dan Garde .... music editor (6 episodes, 1986)
Del Shannon .... composer: opening credits music / performer: opening credits music (6 episodes, 1986)
Todd Rundgren .... music performer (3 episodes, 1986)

Bruce Robb .... music engineer: theme song / music mixer: theme song / ... (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Roger Wooge .... driver (42 episodes, 1986-1988)
James Riccio .... transportation captain (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Other crew
David John Adamson .... production assistant / key production assistant (38 episodes, 1986-1988)
Cheri Hall .... assistant accountant (19 episodes, 1986-1988)
Sussy Selbst .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 1988)
Chuck Adamson .... executive story editor (7 episodes, 1986-1987)
David J. Burke .... story editor (7 episodes, 1986)
Lynn Goldman .... production office coordinator (7 episodes, 1986)
Harriet Kehl .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1986)
Lucien Spelman .... set production assistant (7 episodes, 1987)
Richard Hawley .... first assistant director/Second Unit Director (5 episodes, 1988)

Peter Lance .... story editor (unknown episodes, 1987-1988)
Alan Greedy .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Gail Morgan Hickman .... executive story consultant (unknown episodes)
John Santucci .... technical advisor (unknown episodes)
Ken Solarz .... story editor (unknown episodes)
Tom Towler .... story editor (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
60 min (42 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Manitoba) (DVD rating) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 (some episodes) | Iceland:16 (some episodes) | Singapore:PG

Did You Know?

Since both "Crime Story" and "Miami Vice" (1984) were produced by Michael Mann, both series shared the same technical advisers, directors, and crew members. And if you watch both series, both shows share the same supporting actors and guest stars as well.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: During the Season 1 episodes (near the end of the season) where Manny Weissborn and the other mob bosses are meeting at a country club and arguing over whether or not to get involved in the drug trade or the takeover of Las Vegas, pay close attention to the large plate glass windows. During the night-time scenes, especially when Weissborn goes into a rant, you can see the reflections of stage hands holding boom mics, running cameras, and holding up cue cards for the elderly Joseph Wiseman to read.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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Heat (1995)See more »
RunawaySee more »


Why was this show so abruptly ended? It was one of the best crime dramas of its time and ended prematurely.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Awesome pilot to a great series!, 21 June 2003
Author: Alex Machine from Pittsburgh, PA

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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