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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.

Director:

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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Storyline

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

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They hold their forty-four magnums with two hands and keep firing until they hit something ... anything. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The football game Hickey & Boggs attend took place on 26 September,1971, between the L.A. Rams and the Atlanta Falcons, at the Coliseum. The game ended in a 20-20 tie (this was before the NFL introduced sudden-death overtime, to break most ties). The baseball game the pair attend took place several weeks before the football game; 18 August, at Dodger Stadium. The Mets beat the Dodgers, 3-2.. See more »

Goofs

During the final gun battle, the title characters take cover behind two cars, a Firebird and a Rolls, which get shot up. The bullet holes visible in the latter don't look like the popular perception of 'clean' round bullet holes in metal, but splintered like wood or GRP (glassfibre). See more »

Quotes

Al Hickey: It's not about anything.
Frank Boggs: Yeah it is, it's about four hundred grand.
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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 Director's First That Breaks Rules
4 March 2004 | by HughBennie-777See all my reviews

Robert Culp is another example of a first-time director not letting traditional storytelling get in the way of his offbeat style (William Peter Blatty being another), and here he takes a cop thriller/mystery and turns it on its head.

Although the editing is incoherent in parts, and the plot is often hard to follow, the characterization of the two leads is more important to the director, and he captures a full-fledged pair of down and out detectives truly memorable in their chemistry.

Unlike the endless buddy cop films that have turned the genre into bacteria nowondays, here, every scene with Cosby and Culp is hyper-realistic and not without dry humor and dialogue. Additonally. the last 20 minutes of the film are exciting with a lot of solid action, spewing machine-gun bullets, and the final image that plays over the crawl is unforgettably beautiful. Great theme song.


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