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The Return of Ironside (1993)

TV Movie  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  4 May 1993 (USA)
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Chief Ironside has just retired and is looking forward to running his vineyard with his wife. But his retirement is interrupted when his old friend and colleague Ed Brown, who is now ... See full summary »

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Chief Ironside has just retired and is looking forward to running his vineyard with his wife. But his retirement is interrupted when his old friend and colleague Ed Brown, who is now working for the Denver police department comes to him and asks him to fill in the vacancy left by the untimely death of the Chief. Ironside does so but with condition that it will only be temporary. But things are further complicated when Suzanne Dwyer the daughter of his old friend and colleague, Eve Whitfield is the prime suspect in the murder of her boyfriend, Mike Quinn, whom she suspected was seeing someone else. Though Ironside refuses to believe that Suzanne is guilty; the evidence is all against her. So, Ironside's other old friends, Mark Sanger and Fran Belding come to Denver to help. It also seems that this whole matter could be connected with previous Chief's (death) murder, and also seems that someone in the department is responsible. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Katherine Ironside was a replacement for the character of the Comissioner in the original series, as the actor who had portrayed him had died in 1974. She is given the distinction of being hailed by Ironside at his retirement party at the beginning of the film, even though she hadnèt yet been created at the time of the original series. In fact, Ironside was unmarried during the run of the original series and living in a bachelor pad. See more »

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Not Casablanca, but not Clambake either
23 November 2003 | by (Long Beach, California) – See all my reviews

While growing up, IRONSIDE was one of my all-time favorite TV series'; it remains my all-time favorite TV cop show. Not because it was better or more original or even more true-to-life. At the time it originally aired it was the first TV show in history whose lead character was physically disabled (Longstreet, about a blind detective, was number 2). It remains one of the very, very few. To a man who spent the first ten years of life in a wheelchair and still needs a cane occasionally, that's more important than plots or even originality.

The plot of "The Return of Ironside" serves as a justification for getting all the old characters from the TV series together to solve a mystery again. As police procedural, it's better than competent; as a murder mystery, the solution is translucent, like a window in a bathroom, but it's still a puzzle. But for those few of us who loved the original Ironside character, just seeing him work again is a kick.

Raymond Burr holds the distinction of starring in not one but two of the best written, best produced and best acted mystery dramas TV ever produced; Perry Mason was the first; Ironside was the second. Just as no one will ever play Perry Mason again, no one will ever play Robert T. Ironside again. Burr made a whole slew of Perry Mason movies before he died; Return of Ironside might also have been the first of many had he not died of cancer shortly after filming.

All I can say is I've watched the movie half a dozen times and I still lik e it. It's not one of the greatest movies ever made; it's not even one of the greatest TV movies ever made. But just as the TV series Ironside was better than most other cop shows, the movie is a lot better than most other cop movies made for TV in the last decade or two. If you don't like Burr, you won't like it; if, however, like a lot us born before JFK got shot, you like Raymond Burr, it serves as a great ending for one of TV's best actors.


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