Crime Story (1986–1988)
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Pilot 

Chicago Major Crime Unit, led by no-nonsense lt. Torrello, stops a team of robbers, but the leader escapes. Torrello suspects Ray Luca, a mobster on the rise. He also deals with idealistic public defender Abrams, who opposes his methods.

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Ray Luca (as Anthony Denison)
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Det. Danny Krychek (as William Smitrovich)
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Det. Joey Indelli (as Bill Campbell)
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Cori Luca
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Chicago's Major Crime Unit, that can operate slightly outside the law and is led by hardboiled lieutenant Mike Torrello, stops a violent team of armed robbers one night, but their leader escapes. Torrello suspects the head to be Ray Luca, a young ruthless and ambitious mobster on the rise. Luca soon convinces Johnny O'Donnel, one of the people Mike cares for, to join his crew, but this ends up having deadly consequences. Mike must also deals with idealistic public defender David Abrams, who highly disapproves of Mike and his team's sometimes borderline vigilante methods. However, Luca sees this as Abrams' weakness and uses it to get on Abrams good side, by pretending to be clean. However, Luca still has to follow orders of his higher-ups, even though he's trying to remove their influence over him.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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18 September 1986 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The jewel robbery using the underwater cutting bar is based on a real jewel robbery masterminded by 'John Santucci' who was a "Technical Consultant" as well as playing Paulie. See more »

Goofs

While 1963 gas prices at gas stations was correctly shown on station billboards as being 25 cents, the boards all read 025. In 1963, no one believed gas prices would ever hit a dollar. Most gas pumps could not even sell gas for over 99 cents, so gas prices would never be displayed with a "0" before the 25. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Mike Torello: Listen to me, you big dummy. I'm a cop. I make $12,000 a year, and I'm the highest paid guy on this street. I got $3.65 in my pockets. You want me to, I'll take up a collection. You want a million dollars, you gotta wait!
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Connections

Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »

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Doggin' Around
Written by Paul Tarnopol and Lena Agree
Performed by Jackie Wilson
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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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