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Brock's Last Case (1973)

A New York City cop who has retired to a small Western town is drawn into the local case of an Indian who is accused of murdering a sheriff.

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... Lieutenant Max Brock
... Arthur Goldencorn
... Ellen Ashley
... Jack Dawson
... Jake Hinkley
... J. Smiley Krenshaw
... Joe Cuspis
... Stretch Willis
... Sam Wong
Victor Mohica ... Red-Eye
... Alma Gamm
... Doc Walters
... Judge Robbins
Rudy Bond ... McNulty
Richard Hale ... Hathaway
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Frustrated with a flawed and lenient justice system, New York City police lieutenant Max Brock decides to quit his police job and take an early retirement.Over the years he invested in his retirement dream, a dream farm on an orange grove, where he plans to grow citrus and watch the sunsets from his front porch.Confident in his decision to retire early, even at half pension, Max Brock offends his boss by refusing to continue his work for the department and quits.However, when he arrives in the Southern town where he invested in his orange grove farm, Brock is shocked by a series of unpleasant surprises. Written by nufs68

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5 March 1973 (USA)  »

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Brocks letzter Fall  »

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Originally meant to serve as the pilot for star Richard Widmark's first (and only) television series, "Brock's Last Case" met with indifference at NBC, and the network instead asked Widmark to reprise "Madigan" from the 1968 Universal theatrical film that earned high ratings when telecast on the network. Widmark and Universal agreed, and the star made his TV series bow in the "Madigan" segment of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie which aired in the 1972-1973 season. "Brock's Last Case" aired as a "World Premiere Movie" on NBC during the same season. See more »

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Cosy and likable 70's TV movie
28 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

I first saw this one back in the early 90's when it showed up on midweek daytime TV here in the UK. I remembered it being an enjoyable enough, if unremarkable, effort. Having just seen it again I do have to say that that original assessment still holds. Brock is a burnt-out NYC cop who retires from life in the firing line of the Big Apple and retires to a ranch in the Californian countryside. On arrival, his Native American ranch hand is arrested for the murder of the local sheriff. The situation appears fishy though and before long Brock is recruited to investigate.

This is one of a very specific type of TV movie which was a pilot for a series that never was. I can see why they thought they might have a workable idea to be honest, as detective dramas were ten-a-penny back in the 70's, while the whole fish-out-of-water idea is one in which many plot-lines can sprout from. Yet it remained a one-off film and was not picked up. Truthfully, they could have worked out a better story-line I reckon, as the central mystery is not especially interesting. Nevertheless, it's still a decent enough film which benefits from its TV movie charm and, in Richard Widmark, it had a good main star.


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