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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Ray Luca: You posin' for pictures? Or you gonna pull the trigger?
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Follows Crime Story (1986) See more »

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Bo Diddley
Written by Bo Diddley (uncredited)
Performed by Bo Diddley
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Basis for Good Television Series
11 December 2001 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

One of the best works of film even if its a made for tv movie that Abel Ferrara did in the 1980s. Departure from the sleeze filled alleys and angered souls of The Driller Killer(1978), Ms.45(1981), and Fear City(1984). Created by the same people who did "Miami Vice" which was a good show in the 1980s. Between "Crime Story" and "Miami Vice", I found the former to be the better of the two for a couple of reasons.

First, there is the nice 1950s noir atmosphere that the show and this movie envoked. Second, the acting, direction, and screenplay of "Crime Story" and the movie were for the most part first class. Crime Story(1986)(TV) contains a pre NYPD Blue role for David Caruso where he does ok. The star of the TV film and series is Dennis Farina who has rarely been as good in a role as he was here.

His role is almost autobiographical due to the fact that before he became an actor, he was a Police officer for many years. So in a way he was simply at home in playing Michael Torrello. Has all the elements of Ferrara's crime and drama pictures...I.E., King of New York(1990), Bad Lieutenant(1992), and The Funeral(1996). Wonderful TV movie that inspired many of today's Police shows although none of them hold a candle to this TV film and series.


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