Crime Story: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (18 Sep. 1986)

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One former cop against the whole Mafia.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Luca (as Anthony Denison)
Det. Danny Krychek (as William Smitrovich)
Det. Joey Indelli (as Bill Campbell)
Paul Butler ...
Johann Carlo ...
Cori Luca


One former cop against the whole Mafia.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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18 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Follows Crime Story (1986) See more »


Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook
Performed by Del Shannon
©1961 Bug Music/Mole Hole Music/Unchappel Music
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Amazig actualization of the classic film noir themes
4 August 2010 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

Really impressed. Didn't think it was possible to recreate the style of the 50's classic film noir in such an impressive way , and on top of that add to it an explicitly raw and violent touch you can find nowadays in other Ferrara's films like Bad Lieutenant or The Funeral . This produces a shocking effect, centered in the day to day of a Chicago police squad in the 50s , it picks up again the classic film noir themes , robbery ,double crossing , good guy going the wrong road and paying for the wrong choices.

But all is treated in a different way and it's not only a recreation of a classic film . Ferrara's approach is much more raw , Dennis Farina is not the honest cop who always sticks to the law . Here you have a degenerated cop who follows his own impulses rather than sticking to the procedures. Difference between good and bad it's no always that clear and Ferrrara plays perfectly with that duality,

As a one time film this works really fine , plot and ambiences are really solid ,only con is that , apart from Farina who is superb and makes the film, someone could ask for more charismatic actors to fill in the secondary roles ,here you have Michael Rooker and David Carusso who never were known for being the paradigm of good acting . Anyway , amazing film wasn't aware that this was based on a series but I'm looking forward to put my hands on that .

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