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.
Did You Know?
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
During one scene as Torello sits unmoving at his desk talking to the MCU officers, the medallion on a chain around his neck change position several times. See more
Look, Mike, you gotta watch what they now call an 'image.' The Daily News is treating the other night like you're Billy the Kid.
Lt. Mike Torello
That's pretty accurate. I felt like Billy the Kid.
Stand by Me
Written by Ben E. King
, Jerry Leiber
and Mike Stoller
Performed by Ben E. King See more