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Kojak: The Price of Justice -- When the bodies of two young boys are discovered in the Harlem River, their mother is the obvious suspect, particularly with her scandalous past. But Kojak believes that she is innocent.


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Abby Mann (creator)
Selwyn Raab (book)
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Release Date:
21 February 1987 (USA) See more »
The bald detective in a fedora finds himself attracted to a foxy, enigmatic woman who is suspected in the murders of her two small sons. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Telly Savalas ... Inspector Theo Kojak

Kate Nelligan ... Kitty

Pat Hingle ... George

Jack Thompson ... Aubrey Dubose

Brian Murray ... District Attorney Neary

John Bedford Lloyd ... Bass

Jeffrey DeMunn ... Marsucci (as Jeffrey De Munn)
Tony DiBenedetto ... Detective Catalano (as Tony Di Benedetto)
Ron Frazier ... J.T. Williams

Stephen Joyce ... Chief Brisco

Earl Hindman ... Danny

James Rebhorn ... Quibro
Martin Shakar ... Arnold Nadler

Joseph Carberry ... Lorenzo
Fausto Bara ... Benjamin
Novella Nelson ... Pearl
Lee Wallace ... Chief of Operations
Kenneth Ryan ... Johnson
Norman Matlock ... Judge
Miriam Cruz ... Mrs. Quintana
Candace Savalas ... Police Officer Witt
Margaret Thompson ... 2nd Tenant

Stanley Tucci ... 1st Tenant

Angela Pietropinto ... Receptionist
Al Carmines ... Priest
M. Eric Donlan ... Youth
Nick Savalas ... Court Officer (as Nicholas L. Savalas)
Naya G. Tolischus ... Mrs. Quintana's Sister
Nicholas Georgiade ... Detective (as Nick Georgiade)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Frank Mancuso ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Metzger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Abby Mann  creator
Selwyn Raab  book
Albert Ruben  written for television
Dorothy Uhnak  novel "The Investigation"

Produced by
Stuart Cohen .... supervising producer
Diane Foti .... associate producer
Dan Lieberstein .... co-producer (as Daniel Lieberstein)
James Duff McAdams .... executive producer
Albert Ruben .... producer
Peter A. Runfolo .... co-producer
Original Music by
Patrick Williams 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper 
Film Editing by
Robert Q. Lovett 
Casting by
Lois Planco 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Beecroft 
Costume Design by
Gary Jones 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist
Anthony Cortino .... hair stylist
Alan D'Angerio .... hair stylist
Barbara Kelly .... makeup artist
Production Management
Judith Stevens .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alan Hopkins .... first assistant director
Ellen H. Schwartz .... second assistant director
Daniel Silverberg .... dga trainee
David A. Starke .... second assistant director
Robert E. Warren .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jon Ringbom .... scenic artist
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne David .... wardrobe supervisor
Louis Fata .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Beriau Picard .... assistant film editor
Other crew
Renee Bodner .... script supervisor
Wendy Chesebrough Lowe .... assistant to executive producer (as Wendy Chesebrough)
Diana Chingos .... production office coordinator
John M. Hickey .... technical advisor
Kim Nielsen .... executive assistant
George Savalas .... in memory of
Crew believed to be complete

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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Based on the Dorothy Uhnak novel 'The Investigation', which in turn was thought to be based (though its author denied it) on the Alice Crimmins case.See more »
Continuity: When the silver sedan crashes into the truck in the car chase, the right head lights are taken out completely. In later shots they are back.See more »
Kojak:...and now you'll wonder how it might have been, if, maybe on a rainy night back along the line, you'd happened to duck into Keeler's bar... and she'd been there.See more »
Movie Connections:
Followed by Kojak: Fatal Flaw (1989) (TV)See more »


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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
a tangled web of false trails, jealousies and murderous scheming, 2 May 2004
Author: petershelleyau from Sydney, Australia

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This made for TV movie based on the defunct Kojak TV series has New York Inspector Theo Kojak investigate a double infanticide, the murder of the two sons of Kitty Keeler, who is the wife of barman George Keeler.

Kitty is assumed to be guilty from the start because she does not behave the way a grieving mother is expected to, and her preferred dress of pastels supposedly suggests a duplicitous nature. The investigation is by-the-numbers, with the inevitable car chase, one subjective camera shot, and blood spattered over a photograph to show a gun suicide. But thankfully we are always drawn back to the innocence or guilt of Kitty, though any notion of a romance between Kojak and Kitty is dismissed by his sense of irony. Terry Savalas' bald head and full lips hints at a sensuality that his stiff acting negates.

The treatment presents Kitty as having a family with an older man, a sophisticated ambitious woman trapped in her environment, with the idea of her being a "working girl" associated with her described "generosity". This is also one of the rare times when an on-duty police officer accepts an offer of alcohol. The ambiguous ending is also more satisfying than us being given the definitive cop-show conclusion.

Everything leads to Kitty's long awaited police statement, a 5 minute monologue in close-up that director Alan Metzger violates with flashbacks and sound effects. However as Kitty, Kate Nelligan still emerges triumphant. In spite of the inconsistency of the writing of her role, she makes Kitty funny and passionate, also doing wonders with a street scene where she delivers a memory.

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