A robbery of armored car guards morphs into a deadly hostage standoff, with bulldog Lt. Theo Kojak as the negotiator. Half the Talaba Brothers gang escapes with the cash, but when the other half is cornered, they invade a surplus store, crammed with guns and ammo. The robbers also have bargaining chips: the 5 people in the building, plus a badly wounded patrolman, who dove in the store to warn of the incoming robbers. While young Detective Bobby Crocker pursues the thieves who got away, his boss at Manhattan South, the dapper, bald Kojak smooth-talks Jerry Talaba to get the hostages out. Hothead Talaba demands a crewed, fueled 707 at JFK, or he'll start killing the hostages, then toss them out before the TV cameras and hundreds of spectators - one by one. Written by
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The police jacket for the dossier on Harvey Keitel
's character, Jerry Talba, lists him as 5' 9". The actor is only 5' 7.5". See more
That's your goof, Kojak! I warned you: the first bullet's got your name on it.
Lt. Theo Kojak
I told you we needed more time.
Pass me a hankerchief, I cry easy.