Crime Story (1986–1988)
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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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »





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


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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Release Date:

18 September 1986 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Dennis Farina was a Chicago police officer, one of his partners was Chuck Adamson, the creator of 'Crime Story'. See more »


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 »


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


Twistin' The Night Away
Written by Sam Cooke (uncredited)
Performed by Sam Cooke
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Awesome show
27 December 2006 | by (Europe) – See all my reviews

We just bought the entire two seasons on DVD and are reliving seeing the show in 1986. It's like a page turner. I'm starting to look like a zombie for watching the episodes late at night. If anybody thinks "CSI", "Law&Order", whatever would have been possible without Crime Story, think again. Parts of Tarantino's films are looking like they have been taken right out of this show. I just love it. It is a pity that there are not more comments here.

There are rumors that there might eventually be a remake. Well as I happen to think that "Manhunter" said all about the Red Dragon, I just can't begin to imagine what "Crime Story" without Dennis Farina, Stephen Lang and Anthony Denison would look like. Nothing for me.

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