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Mr. Grand, if you ever change your mind, I'd love a copy of your tapes of this abandonware. Seeing this program when it first appeared, I immediately recognized a class act, watched every episode I could, and was very disappointed, even angry, when the powers-that-be canceled it. "Heart of the city" (I suppose referring to Officer Kennedy, who definitely had one) was head and shoulders above most commercial TV fare, for which I've not had much time ever since.
In addition to the actors already commended, several of the last episodes featured a troubled boy 13-14 years old in which officer Kennedy took a special interest. Guest star Andre Gower so smoldered in that role, that I expected him to burn a hole in my TV screen any moment.
I'd be more of a fan of the police if I had any confidence that most of them were menschen with hearts like Officer Kennedy in this great series. Sadly, We the People are sticking them with such randomly and senselessly vindictive laws to enforce nowadays, and turning the American gulag into such a growth industry for opportunistic corporations, that any mensch must have more and more trouble doing such work in good conscience.
I did not get to see Heart of the City during its original run on ABC in September of 1986. I was fortunate enough to see the program again a few years later on FoxNet when they re-ran old series to fill the off network slots before their syndicated series started. It was an excellent program about a police detective whose wife dies. So he works at night to stay at home during the daytime so he can keep an eye on his teen-aged children. Robert Desiderio was excellent in the lead. An emerging star also appeared in Christina Applegate in the role of Robin Kennedy. The show dealt with issues like sex, the death of a parent and troubled youth. All in all a wonderful, thought provoking piece of work that deserved better. I hope to see the episodes again. Catchy opening music as well.
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Because this show finished in the bottom 3 in the ratings for the 1986-1987 season,I'm sure the production company has no plans to release this on DVD.....in their minds...."who would buy it?".Well,I would for one,and I'm sure there are more out there that would.But not the MILLIONS they are looking for.This is pretty much an overlooked,cult show.I would have to praise every actor on the program....the characters Van Duzer,Arno,Haliui,Kennedy,Robin,Kevin,Bumford were brought to life by some of the best.And while the program was full of gun shots and violence,it dealt with it very realistically.....if Wes shot someone,he was punished or investigated.The gun fight scenes were pretty corny....a police car getting shot up while the officer hides behind the door without a scrape? Wes's Bronco rear window getting shot out by a machine gun but he doesn't get hit in the head? Hoods popping open when the grille of a patrol car is shot? And since when did the police use Grand Marquis Mercurys instead of Crown Victoria Fords? Overall a good show,but overlooked by almost everyone.
"Heart of the City" was a first rate show, and it was rather
controversial in its day. I think that the reason it was first rate was
that it was made by people who were willing to *let it* provoke
One talking point I still remember to this day was the double-standard the father (Robert Desiderio) used when his son had sex for the first time and when his daughter wanted to give up her virginity, too. He would sit on his son's bed, as I recall, and explain the facts of life to him and say how proud he was that his son was being so mature about this monumental decision, etc., etc. When it came to his daughter, however, it was more like, "You're grounded until your 21 for even *thinking* about sex!"
Jonathan Ward and Christina Applegate were very good as the two kids, and they had a good on-screen chemistry with Robert Desiderio. It was a family situation which was realistic, unlike some of the contrived garbage TeeVee tries to foist on us most of the time.
The police procedures were done very realistically. I still remember that (unlike most shows!) the writers managed to get the police unit designations right for radio chatter. The father, for example, was a "King" unit -- the designation for an LAPD detective.
This was a very good series and deserves to be on DVD. I have the whole series on tape, but I would *still* buy a DVD of it. BTW, as I say on the message board, sorry -- I won't make copies of the tapes for anyone. :(
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