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Tough cop Dave Bannion takes on a politically powerful crime syndicate.

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Dave Bannion
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Debby Marsh
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Katie Bannion
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Mike Lagana
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Vince Stone
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Bertha Duncan
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Tierney
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Lt. Ted Wilks
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Gus Burke
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Larry Gordon
Howard Wendell ...
Commissioner Higgins
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George Rose
Michael Granger ...
Hugo
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Lucy Chapman
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Doris
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Baldy
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Mr. Atkins
Edith Evanson ...
Selma Parker
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Nick (uncredited)
Linda Bennett ...
Joyce Bannion (uncredited)
Charles Cane ...
Hopkins (uncredited)
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Hettrick (uncredited)
John Close ...
Policeman (uncredited)
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Retreat Bartender (uncredited)
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Al (uncredited)
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Mark Reiner (uncredited)
Kathryn Eames ...
Marge (uncredited)
Al Eben ...
Harry Shoenstein (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ...
Councilman Gillen (uncredited)
Fritz Ford ...
Sailor (uncredited)
Jimmy Gray ...
Man (uncredited)
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Retreat Patron (uncredited)
Byron Kane ...
Dr. Jones (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ...
Cabby (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ...
Moving Man (uncredited)
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Hank O'Connell (uncredited)
Nico Lek ...
Canteen Patron (uncredited)
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Lagana's Mother in Portrait (uncredited)
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Martin (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ...
Dixon (uncredited)
Laura Mason ...
B-Girl (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ...
George Fuller (uncredited)
Joseph Mell ...
Dr. Kane (uncredited)
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Man (uncredited)
Patrick Miller ...
Intern (uncredited)
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Reds (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ...
Mrs Tucker (uncredited)
Norma Randall ...
Jill (uncredited)
Michael Ross ...
Segal (uncredited)
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Lagana's Butler (uncredited)
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Bill Rutherford (uncredited)
William Vedder ...
Janitor (uncredited)

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Fritz Lang

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Sydney Boehm ... (screenplay)
 
William P. McGivern ... (Saturday Evening Post serial)

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Robert Arthur ... producer

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Henry Vars ... (uncredited)

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Charles Lang ... director of photography

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Charles Nelson

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Robert Peterson

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William Kiernan

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Jean Louis ... (gowns)

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Clay Campbell ... makeup artist
Helen Hunt ... hair stylist

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Milton Feldman ... assistant director

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George Cooper ... sound engineer

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Mischa Bakaleinikoff ... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mischa Bakaleinikoff ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Carl Fortina ... composer: source music heard in The Retreat (uncredited)
Fred Karger ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton ... composer: title music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ernst Toch ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Dave Bannion is an upright cop on the trail of a vicious gang he suspects holds power over the police force. Bannion is tipped off after a colleague's suicide and his fellow officers' suspicious silence lead him to believe that they are on the gangsters' payroll. When a bomb meant for him kills his wife instead, Bannion becomes a furious force of vengeance and justice, aided along the way by the gangster's spurned girlfriend Debby. As Bannion and Debby fall further and further into the Gangland's insidious and brutal trap, they must use any means necessary (including murder) to get to the truth. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines VICE... DICE ...and CORRUPTION! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Règlement de comptes (France)
  • Heißes Eisen (Germany)
  • Els subornats (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Los sobornados (Spain)
  • Los sobornados (Uruguay)
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  • 89 min
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Trivia The portrait of Lagana's mother is of Celia Lovsky, actress and ex-wife of Peter Lorre. See more »
Goofs The street address for the junk yard on Bannyon's list is "101", yet the number "1024" is seen on a large sign over the yard's shed. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Mean Streets (1973). See more »
Soundtracks It's a Blue World See more »
Quotes Debby Marsh: [to Bannion] Oh, well, you're about as romantic as a pair of handcuffs.
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