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Fuzz (1972)

Police in Boston search for a mad bomber trying to extort money from the city.

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Richard A. Colla

Writers:

Evan Hunter (novel) (as Ed McBain), Evan Hunter (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Det. Steve Carella
Jack Weston ... Det. Meyer Meyer
Tom Skerritt ... Det. Bert Kling
Raquel Welch ... Det. Eileen McHenry
James McEachin ... Det. Arthur Brown
Steve Ihnat ... Det. Andy Parker
Dan Frazer ... Lt. Byrnes
Bert Remsen ... Sgt. Murchison
Stewart Moss ... Det. Hal Willis
H. Benny Markowitz H. Benny Markowitz ... Patrolman Levine
James Victor ... Patrolman Gomez
Royce D. Applegate ... Patrolman Cramer (as Roy Applegate)
Tom Lawrence ... Patrolman Crosby
Norman Burton ... Police Commissioner Nelson
Vince Howard Vince Howard ... Patrolman Marshall
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Storyline

Detectives Steve Carella, Meyer Meyer, and Bert Kling are part of the 87th Precinct's team investigating a murder-extortion racket run by a mysterious deaf man. While attempting to investigate and prevent the murders of several high-ranking city officials, they also must keep track of the perpetrators of a string of robberies. Further complicating matters is a rash of arson attacks on homeless men. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf leisen Sohlen kommt der Tod See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Brian Doyle-Murray. See more »

Goofs

Several characters have lines dubbed. Dialogue does not match mouth movements. See more »

Quotes

Buck: It's the police!
Pete Schroeder: It's the police!
Det. Steve Carella: Who the hell is that?
Det. Bert Kling: It's the police.
Det. Steve Carella: What police? We're the police!
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I'll Be Seeing You
By Sammy Fain (uncredited) and Irving Kahal (uncredited)
Sung by Dinah Shore
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"Because You're Inept"
5 September 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With the last shot leaving very much in doubt whether the crime wave that has struck the 87th precinct is truly over, my guess is that the producers were anticipating a Fuzz 2. The need for one never arose however.

A very good group of players just can't quite get this film to come together. Fuzz reminds me of a Police Academy film with two many pretensions. In fact the Boston PD may just be where those Academy graduates end up.

The main plot of the film involves a master criminal, the Deaf Man played by Yul Brynner who is blackmailing the city of Boston so he won't kill any of their top officials. He calls his threat into the precinct with detectives Burt Reynolds, Tom Skerritt, Jack Weston, and Raquel Welch are working. When they don't believe him, Brynner kills a couple of city officials to make his point.

A couple of other story lines involving a search for some punks setting homeless on fire and a rapist and somehow and through some Clousseau like luck this crowd actually solves all the cases. You have to see the film to see how they do it.

Best scenes are Raquel and Skerritt in a sleeping bag while on stakeout with Skerritt getting terribly distracted and Reynolds and Weston as nuns observing them and a possible perpetrator. That's for the main cast members, but when painters Gino Conforti and Gerald Hiken who are busy painting the precinct while all this is going steal the film whenever they're on screen. In fact in the old days some studio would have teamed these two permanently for a series of films.

Fuzz is the harbinger of Police Academy films to come.


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