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"EZ Streets" Pilot (1996)

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Paul Haggis (writer)
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Original Air Date:
27 October 1996 (Season 1, Episode 1)
A disgraced police detective goes undercover to break up orgainzed crime in the city where he lives and faces off against a powerful mobster. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Ken Olin ... Det. Cameron Quinn

Joe Pantoliano ... Jimmy Murtha

Jason Gedrick ... Danny Riley

John Finn ... Capt. Geary

Richard Portnow ... Det. Frank Collero

Wendy Davis ... Joan Priestly

Mike Starr ... Mickey Kinnear

R.D. Call ... Michael 'Fivers' Dugan

Debrah Farentino ... Theresa Conners

Carl Lumbly ... Mayor Christian Davidson

Sarah Trigger ... Elli Rooney

Andrew Divoff ... Andre 'Frenchie' Desormeaux

Rosemary Murphy ... Quinn's Ma

Saverio Guerra ... Sammy Feathers

Danny Goldring ... Tim

Rod Steiger ... Quinn's father

John Beasley ... Ogden

Phillip Edward Van Lear ... Neville
Tony Mockus Jr. ... Breen

Meg Thalken ... Alice Beatty

Andrew Rothenberg ... Shirt
Michael Skewes ... Manager
Marvin Braverman ... Pit Boss
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Biondo ... Detective

Ian Paul Cassidy ... Paddy

Lorenzo Clemons ... Property Room Officer

Thomas F. Evans ... Pit Boss
Patricia E. Harrington ... Mom on Playground
Courtney Jacquin ... Janie Rooney

Turk Muller ... Rolly

Robert Spillane ... Bobby

Glenn Taranto ... Glenn

Nichole McAuley ... Dancer (uncredited)

Dominic Paolo Testa ... Police Officer (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Paul Haggis 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Paul Haggis  writer

Produced by
Paul Haggis .... executive producer
Ted Haggis .... consulting producer
Mark R. Harris .... co-executive producer
Tim Iacofano .... supervising producer
David J. Latt .... consulting producer (as David Latt)
Robert Moresco .... co-producer
Christopher N. Seiter .... co-producer (as Christopher Seiter)
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
Ericson Core 
Film Editing by
Ron Binkowski 
Ray Daniels III 
Elba Sanchez-Short 
Casting by
Megan Branman 
Nan Dutton 
Production Design by
Anthony Cowley 
Art Direction by
Gary Baugh 
Set Decoration by
Susan Mina Eschelbach  (as Susan Eschelbach)
Makeup Department
Angela Nogaro .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christopher N. Seiter .... unit production manager (as Christopher Seiter)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Aiman A. Humaideh .... second assistant director (as Aiman Humaideh)
Scott Laughlin .... first assistant director (as Chip Scott Laughlin)
Charles Mueller .... second second assistant director
Tom Phillips .... second second assistant director
Burton L. Warner .... second second assistant director (as Burt Warner)
Art Department
Jody Bergman .... set dresser
Cece Destefano .... art department coordinator
John French .... paint foreman
Desi Wolff .... buyer
Jeff Bell .... leadman (uncredited)
Kari J. Nowell .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Obermeyer .... sound mixer
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
Bob Redpath .... sound editor (as Robert Redpath)
Deron Street .... assistant sound editor
Paul J. Diller .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Al Gomez .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ken Estes .... special effects coordinator
Edward J. Franklin .... special effects crew
Mark Anthony Besozzi .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Eddie J. Fernandez .... assistant stunt coordinator
Rick Le Fevour .... stunt coordinator
Carl Paoli .... stunts
Linda Perlin .... stunts
Daniel Maldonado .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kelly R. Borisy .... key grip
Alicia Brauns .... second assistant camera
Paolo Cascio .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Michelle Mann .... camera remote technician
Joseph M. Setele .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Benjamin Spek .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Casting Department
Jane Alderman .... casting: Chicago
Location Management
Karyn McCarthy .... location manager
Andrew R. Gardiner .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Alan Kaminsky .... picture car coordinator
Other crew
Bridgett Baron .... assistant production coordinator
Jimmy Borto .... production assistant
D. David Calzada .... craft service assistant
Michelle Deal .... assistant production coordinator
Susan Hayes .... production accountant
Mark N. Woods .... remote head technician
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

120 min (including commercials)

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Quinn's father:You can only be betrayed by the people you trust.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Stunningly good and complex - a singular favorite, 26 December 2006
Author: BasiliskSt from United States

EZ Streets foreshadowed the wave of complex dramas on HBO, TBS, Fox and others. For those who saw EZ Streets, HBO's Sopranos was derivative and less satisfying. Unfortunately, CBS didn't know what it had or how to build a show that requires rapt attention or a means to catch-up on what went before. The revenue lost by not having a complete story to sell on DVD after the example of 24 and others is staggering.

Creator Paul Haggis went on to movie acclaim (Crash), but EZ Streets was a pinnacle of imagination and execution that is still unmatched on network or cable television. From the casting and acting, to use of music, through compelling cinematography, to a dark, layered and complex storyline, EZ Streets is as good as I have ever seen. After ten years it is still fresh in my mind and the touchstone; it is my all time favorite television series. I still want to "follow the keys," the one lead left for Ken Olin's Detective Quinn to follow.

The EZ Streets ensemble members are largely dramatic leads and stars now or behind the camera applying lessons learned. It is a measure of the quality of the cast how many have thrived since EZ Streets' short life. I see John Finn on Cold Case and hear Captain Geary's standard parting, "I've got a thing." I still wonder, on which side of the law was Geary? Joe Pantoliano aka Joey Pants moved from character actor to lead as the small time hood Jimmy Murtha. Carl Lumbly was back in a similarly complex story in Alias, but he was first a beautifully corrupt and manipulated mayor in EZ Streets. Ken Olin directed almost a quarter of the Alias episodes. He learned from EZ Streets how to tell a long story arc with cliffhanger episodes (and learned the hard way the need for a weekly recap). This was one of the last roles for Rod Steiger as Quinn's disgraced and broken down father. There are more, like Debrah Farentino's sexy and smart Theresa Conners, Mike Starr's big presence, and Sarah Trigger as a fragile, breaking, drug addled and desperate mother. I regularly see actors that first caught my eye here. Mark Isham's haunting theme music must also be credited.

Quality through and through, EZ Streets is a stunning achievement. The quality made it all the more heartbreaking that the cast and crew were never allowed to finish the story.

EZ Streets became the definition of "brilliant but cancelled."

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