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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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Ta-Ronce Allen ...
Nyona's Daughter
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Nyona
Lou Frizzell ...
Lawyer
Nancy Howard ...
Apartment Manager's Wife
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Used Car Salesman
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Nyona's Mother
Sheila Sullivan ...
Edith Boggs
Carmencristina Moreno ...
Mary Jane (as Carmen)
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Mary Jane's Son
Ron Henriquez ...
Quemando: Florist
Louis Moreno ...
Quemando: Prisoner
Caryn Sanchez ...
Mary Jane's Daughter
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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.

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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4 October 1972 (USA)  »

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Dinamit kardesler  »

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Trivia

The football game that Hickey & Boggs attend is the September 26, 1971, meeting between the Los Angeles Rams and the Atlanta Falcons, held at the Los Angeles Coliseum. That game ended in a 20-20 tie (in those days before sudden-death overtime was introduced by the NFL, to break most ties). The baseball game that the pair subsequently attend actually took place several weeks before the football game - on August 18, 1971 - at Dodger Stadium, at Chavez Ravine, in Los Angeles. The Mets beat the Dodgers, 3-2, that Wednesday evening. 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 Nostalgia Critic: Ghost Dad (2014) 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 See 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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