Kojak: Season 1, Episode 1

Siege of Terror (24 Oct. 1973)

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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... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Talaba
Dan Frazer ...
Jack Murzie (as James J. Sloyan)
William Hansen ...
Old Man Hostage
Jude Farese ...
Mike Amazeen
Frank Talaba
Bart Burns ...
Deputy Commissioner
Crew Cut Hostage (as Richard Hurst)
Ralph James ...
Albie Linnick
Jannis Durkin ...
Woman Model Hostage
Alan Manson ...
Detective (as Allan Manson)
Arnold Soboloff ...


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 David Stevens

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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 »


Jack Murzie: [Murzie is taunting one of the hostages] You in the army?
Crew Cut Hostage: No... I always wanted to be. They turned me down.
Jack Murzie: [snickers] Why is that?
Crew Cut Hostage: Emotional instability.
Mike Amazeen: Hey Murzie, that makes two of you.
Jack Murzie: That ain't funny.
Mike Amazeen: You're absolutely right, that ain't funny.
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Thumbnail only...um...not even perhaps...but some input!
7 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this in less than a perfect condition, but, given there are no other reviews, I figure some input is better than none. :) I am 40 (this is 2007), and this is even before my time of what I could watch in 1973...though I believe I remember seeing it later in the Seventies.

Regardless, this episode is fun. Telly still "had it" and this wasn't terribly far removed from excellent film appearances (Kelly's Heroes was 1970).

Some of the elements in this will seem cliché to younger viewers, but I think the feel of it and the production values will help keep its flavor intact and the fun as well.

Beyond Telly, there is a young Harvey Keitel who precedes his Taxi Driver appearance by three years who is fun to watch. There are also a number of character actors whom you may remember from various 70's action shows.

One of the other crooks in this is very identifiable...but not to me right now, and can't catch his name in the show.

Regardless, this was a fun watch beyond memory lane and showed how little hostage/police confrontations have changed over the years, again, considering that this show was 1973.

Watching this early (second episode ever) Kojak has inspired me to get the DVD's and see it all...hopefully it's all this fun to watch.

Oh, and look for the moment Harvey calls Telly "Ko-Shick" in this early episode of "Ko-Jack". :)

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