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Hickey & Boggs (1972)

Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.

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Robert Culp

Writer:

Walter Hill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Cosby ... Al Hickey
Robert Culp ... Frank Boggs
Ta-Ronce Allen Ta-Ronce Allen ... Nyona's Daughter
Rosalind Cash ... Nyona
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Lawyer
Nancy Howard Nancy Howard ... Apartment Manager's Wife
Bernard Nedell ... Used Car Salesman
Isabel Sanford ... Nyona's Mother
Sheila Sullivan Sheila Sullivan ... Edith Boggs
Carmencristina Moreno Carmencristina Moreno ... Mary Jane (as Carmen)
Jason Culp ... Mary Jane's Son
Ron Henriquez Ron Henriquez ... Quemando: Florist
Louis Moreno Louis Moreno ... Quemando: Prisoner
Caryn Sanchez Caryn Sanchez ... Mary Jane's Daughter
Robert Mandan ... Mr. Brill
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Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They're not cool slick heroes. They're worn, tough men and that's why they're so dangerous. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hickey i Boggs See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Film Guarantors See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Boggs' wife, Edith, was played by Culps' then-wife, Sheila Sullivan. See more »

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In the Dodger Stadium scene, the close up shows a Dodger pitcher #20 (Don Sutton) throwing a pitch, but in the following wide shot it's a Dodger batter and New York Met pitcher completing the play. See more »

Quotes

Al Hickey: [following the final shootout] Nobody came.
Frank Boggs: Nobody cares.
Al Hickey: Thanks.
Frank Boggs: Anytime.
Al Hickey: It's still not about anything.
Frank Boggs: Yeah, I know, you told me.
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Referenced in How I Met Your Mother: Mosbius Designs (2009) See more »

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Hickey & Boggs
Written and Performed by George Edwards
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A missing gem of 1970's crime dramas...
17 November 2000 | by fs3See all my reviews

Unknown or forgotten, and never released on video, this unexpectedly gritty film from Robert Culp (who also directed) and Bill Cosby is light years away from their popular I Spy series. As two low-end private eyes, neither has ever been more effective on screen before. An interesting, atypical contrast of styles in their acting; Cosby plays it humorless, (in a realistic, lived-in fashion, not a tough guy caricature) while Culp is alternates several nice modes for his character.

The earliest directorial effort from Walter Hill stands among the best of his career (it would make a fine double bill with his classic THE DRIVER), and also among the best of the rich era of 1970's crime dramas. It was released by United Artists and the rights-holders would do us a favor to release it for sale. It has some class-A action scenes and two terrific central performances. Hopefully will soon see the light of day again and gain some of the reputation it so deserves.


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