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"Crime Story" Pilot (1986)

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Chuck Adamson (creator) and
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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 »
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80's cop action with a twist. 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
Location Management
Bill Higgins .... location manager
Bob Hudgins .... assistant location manager
Peter Pastorelli .... location manager
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
Ross L. Kulma .... set medic
Bill Walker .... production controller
Stephen Burrows .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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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?

When Dennis Farina was a Chicago police officer, one of his partners was Chuck Adamson, the creator of 'Crime Story'.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Lt. Mike Torello:Where were you Monday night, Pauli?
Pauli Taglia:Home, watching skin flicks with my wife.
Lt. Mike Torello:Spend a lot of time with her, because you're going away real soon.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
80's cop action with a twist., 1 July 2007
Author: haildevilman from Tokyo, Japan

Michael Mann had a knack for making great shows in the 80's. And the majority resembled 1 hour rock videos. In the wrong hands this could be a disaster. But the Mann had good hands.

A group of hard cops attempt to take down a Chicago, then later Vegas, mobster. They never nail the big guy (that would end the series) but they do get a lot of his lowlifes. Each show shows one (or sometimes two) hired thugs get zapped. This could be a loan shark, a bomber, a pimp...pick it.

The chemistry between Everybody was great. One gets the impression these guys all liked filming together.

The early sixties period is used more for atmosphere than anything else (like the 50's for L.A. Confidential). It seemed like the streets were always wet too. Maybe to reflect those Vegas lights?

Dennis Farina WAS Mike Torello. Brilliant! Anthony Denison was great as Luca too. You knew he was no good, but still liked him. And here's proof that Andrew Dice Clay can ACT. But the best part was John Santucci's "Pauli." My personal fave of the lot. I looked forward to his goofiness every time I saw this show.

Might be a bit dated now, but I'd still watch it.

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