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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When the police dispatcher calls out that an armored car robbery is in progress, we see a squad car driving down a street very fast (apparently en route to the crime scene). As the dispatcher continues talking we see the inside of what is supposed to be the squad car shown a second ago. The camera is focused on the 2-way radio. In the lower left corner of the screen we see the accelerator pedal on the floor of the car but no human foot or leg near it. See more
Lt. Theo Kojak
[Officer Calvelli has been shot
I'm gonna try and get a doctor in.
Oh, geez, it hurts.
Lt. Theo Kojak
Now you start to worry when it stops hurting.