IMDb > "Crime Story" Pilot (1986)
"Crime Story: Pilot (#1.1)"
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

"Crime Story" Pilot (1986)

1 of 43 Episodes | Next »

Photos (See all 4 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Pilot: Season 1: Episode 1 -- Clip: Welcome to Nevada, Senator
Pilot: Season 1: Episode 1 -- Clip: I'm leaving now


User Rating:
7.9/10   651 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Chuck Adamson (creator) and
Gustave Reininger (creator) ...
View company contact information for Pilot on IMDbPro.
Original Air Date:
18 September 1986 (Season 1, Episode 1)
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
User Reviews:
Fantastic Early's 1960's period Crime Drama - Based on History See more (12 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Dennis Farina ... Lt. Mike Torello

Tony Denison ... Ray Luca (as Anthony Denison)

Bill Smitrovich ... Det. Danny Krychek (as William Smitrovich)

Steve Ryan ... Det. Nate Grossman

Billy Campbell ... Det. Joey Indelli (as Bill Campbell)
Paul Butler ... Det. Walter Clemmons

Stephen Lang ... Atty. David Abrams

Joseph Wiseman ... Manny Weisbord

Darlanne Fluegel ... Julie Torello

Jon Polito ... Phil Bartoli
Johann Carlo ... Cori Luca

William Russ ... Det. Wes Connelly

Eric Bogosian ... Dee

Martin Ferrero ... Ignacio

David Caruso ... Johnny O'Donnel
John Santucci ... Pauli Taglia

Ron Dean ... Chief Kramer

Ted Levine ... Frank Holman

Andrew Dice Clay ... Max Goldman

Lisa Jane Persky ... Joanne Goldman
Layne Beamer ... Prosecutor

Elizabeth Bracco ... Waitress
David Chadderon ... Bartender
Laurel Cronin ... Lianna

D.V. DeVincentis ... Bennie Primo

Eddie J. Fernandez ... Stickup Man #2 (as Ed Fernandez)
Linda Fetters ... Hostage Woman

Danny Goldring ... Homicide detective (as Dan Goldring)
Sam Keahna ... Indian at Bar
Stacy Logan ... Hostage Husband
Sammy Louis ... Judge
Kim Milford ... Babe Petro
Tony Mockus Jr. ... Bailiff
Amy Morton ... Pregant Girl
Nick Nickeas ... Stickup Man #1 (as Mick Nickeas)
James O'Reilly ... Tom O'Donnell

Michael Rooker ... Lieutenant

Larry Sellers ... Indian 'Billy Running Bird'
Mary Seibel ... Anna O'Donnell (as Mary Siebel)
Bill Trigg ... Officer #2

Jim True-Frost ... Jo Jo Sweeney (as Jim True)
Victor Raider-Wexler ... Mr. Levin (as Victor Raider Wexler)

Will Zahrn ... Cernak
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

David John Adamson ... Punk (uncredited)
Jack Angel ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Stephen Burrows ... Punk (uncredited)
Roger Cudney ... (uncredited)

Tom Everett ... Rothstein (uncredited)

Matthew S. Harrison ... Waiter (uncredited)

Loren Haynes ... Agent (uncredited)

Terry Nemeroff ... Breitel's Assistant (uncredited)
Jeanette Schwaba ... Girlfriend (uncredited)

Jennifer Scott ... Girl on Car (uncredited)
Ray Sharkey ... Breitel (uncredited)
Mark Tuggle ... Jazz Club Patron (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Abel Ferrara 
Writing credits
Chuck Adamson (creator) and
Gustave Reininger (creator)

Chuck Adamson (teleplay) and
David J. Burke (teleplay) and
Gustave Reininger (teleplay)

Chuck Adamson (story) and
Gustave Reininger (story)

Produced by
Gusmano Cesaretti .... associate producer
Michael Mann .... executive producer
Peter R. McIntosh .... associate producer (as Peter McIntosh)
Ervin Zavada .... producer
Original Music by
Todd Rundgren 
Cinematography by
James A. Contner (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Hofstra 
Casting by
Bonnie Timmermann 
Production Design by
Gregory Bolton 
Art Direction by
Hilda Stark (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Linda Lee Sutton  (as Linda Sutton)
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
Makeup Department
Howard Barr .... hair stylist
Zoltan Elek .... makeup artist
Kathe Swanson .... hair stylist
Jerry Turnage .... make-up
Production Management
J. Paul Huntsman .... post-production supervisor
Peter R. McIntosh .... production manager (as Peter McIntosh)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeanne Caliendo .... second assistant director
Marty Eli Schwartz .... first assistant director (as Marty Schwartz)
Stan Barrett .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
David J. Chamerski .... assistant property master
William Dambra .... property master
Harry Hause .... paint foreman
Jim Zemansky .... property master
Sound Department
Jonathan Andrews .... boom operator
Alan Bernard .... sound mixer (as Allen Bernard)
Andy D'Addario .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott Hecker .... sound editor
Bob Newlan .... sound editor
Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Ormandy .... assistant sound editor
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert R. Rutledge .... supervising sound editor
Cathie Speakman .... sound
Jay Wilkinson .... sound editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Rick Avery .... stunts
Stan Barrett .... stunt coordinator: pilot episode
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts (uncredited)
Marty Eli Schwartz .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Byrne .... additional second assistant camera
Michael Kohnhorst .... first assistant camera
Mike Moyer .... gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lisa S. Beasley .... extras casting
Jeff Block .... casting assistant: New York (as Jeffrey Block)
Editorial Department
Scott Klein .... master colorist
Frank Kniest .... assistant editor
Kevin Lindstrom .... assistant editor
Barbara Riley .... negative cutter
Music Department
Kathleen Bennett .... supervising music editor (as Kathy Bennett)
Frank Fitzpatrick .... supervising music editor
Frederick J. Lyle .... music supervisor (as Fred Lyle)
Todd Rundgren .... music performer
Transportation Department
Steve Bonner .... driver: set dressing
Buddy Hunter .... transportation location captain
Roger Wooge .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Bill Davis .... weapons specialist
Bill Higgins .... location manager
Bob Hudgins .... assistant location manager
Ross L. Kulma .... set medic
Peter Pastorelli .... location manager
Bill Walker .... production controller
Stephen Burrows .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

97 min | 96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Belgium:16 (video rating) | Iceland:12 | USA:Unrated
Filming Locations:

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 »
Anachronisms: 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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
RunawaySee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Early's 1960's period Crime Drama - Based on History, 4 December 2003
Author: djdavig from United States

I just finished watching the season one DVD set and "Crime Story" is the best 1963-5 period crime drama you will ever see. Filmed and recorded in 1986-7, the cinematography and music (with Todd Rundgren) are of the highest quality. Co-creators Chuck Adamson (a real life Chicago and Las Vegas detective) and Gus Reininger spent a lot of time living and researching the subject matter of organized crime in the Midwest and West. Dennis Farina (also a 20 year Chicago detective) is very convincing as an incorruptable Elliot Ness-like war hero(Mike Torello) with a very dysfunctional personal life. This is the "reverse Sopranos" where the highly strung and violent cop is the one who needs a shrink, but doesn't get one because you didn't do that then. He is basically a good guy, dedicated to fighting crime and injustice, but who is so obsessed with taking down the rising star of the Chicago mob that he loses almost everything in the process. Once The Outfit moves into Las Vegas, things begin to turn around for him but only after seeing some of his people die at the hands of the merciless men he is tracking. The series is based on the same events and characters from the book/movie "Casino" it pre-dated, namely, the ultraviolent Anthony "The Ant" Spilotro (or Ray Luca as played by Tony Denison) and gambling czar Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal (or Max Goldman as played by Andrew Dice Clay), and the mob's move into big time Vegas casino action led by an elderly Meyer Lansky (or Manny Weissport). It does not follow the history exactly but close enough so that you get a very good idea of how they operated in Chicago and Las Vegas and how they were brought down. The DVD images and soundtrack are high quality but there are no extra features and it doesn't have any chapter or scene selection capability. For your $50 will get 20 episodes and the pilot of a timeless TV crime epic and you won't be sorry. You will get an excellent written summary detailing the history of the show and its creators and actors. A must have for true crime buffs who want realism or are interested in organized crime/law enforcement and how it works. If you liked Casino and Goodfellas you will love this..... and Michael Madsen, David Caruso, Gary Sinise, Ving Rhames and Julia Roberts all have substantial roles in several of the episodes. There was a second season and we will have to wait for that one. Here's to hoping they roll out some extra features then as it would be interesting to see how much it influenced later crime dramas such as "The Sopranos".

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (12 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "Crime Story" (1986)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Soundtrack Question medina115
1959 oops tiafun62
Last Episode (Series 2) david_barnett1
Dennis Farina... Fantastic as Avi in SNATCH. pap-7
Chapter n? i42memoj
The cars! ozmont1
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Bullitt Miller's Crossing State of Grace Scarface Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Main series Episode guide Full cast and crew
Company credits External reviews IMDb TV section
IMDb Crime section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.