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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 »
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 (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
Michael Kohnhorst .... first assistant camera (17 episodes, 1986-1987)
Mike Moyer .... gaffer (15 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?

The character of burglar Frank Holman is based upon 'Frank Hoheimer', a famous Chicago burglar busted by series co-creator Chuck Adamson. Michael Mann, the series producer previously used the famed criminal as the basis for his movie "Thief".See more »
Anachronisms: The Plaza Hotel wasn't constructed until 1971, but appears repeatedly in Vegas-based episodes.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:
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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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Greatly missed..., 1 February 2000
Author: Brooklyn-10 from Florida

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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