After a suspended New York City cop's ex-partner is murdered, he vows to clean up the streets.


Howard W. Koch


Eddie Egan (inspired by the exploits of), Pete Hamill





Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Eddie Ryan
Verna Bloom ... Maureen
Henry Darrow ... Sweet William
Eddie Egan ... Scanlon
Felipe Luciano ... Ruben Garcia
Tina Cristiani Tina Cristiani ... Mrs. Caputo
Marina Durell Marina Durell ... Rita Garcia
Chico Martínez Chico Martínez ... Frankie Diaz (as Chico Martinez)
Jose Duvall Jose Duvall ... Ferrer (as Jose Duval)
Louis Cosentino Louis Cosentino ... GiGi Caputo
Luis Avalos ... Chico
Nubia Olivero Nubia Olivero ... Mrs. Diaz
Sam Schacht ... Assistant D.A.
Edward F. Carey Edward F. Carey ... The Commissioner
'Big' Lee 'Big' Lee ... Junkie in Casino


After a suspended New York City cop's ex-partner is murdered, he vows to clean up the streets.

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A gun in his sock, a tire iron in his belt, and no badge. The story of Eddie. The best ex-cop in the business.


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Final theatrical feature film directed by Howard W. Koch. See more »


In one scene, there's a New York Police Department car(Car #1097) with a New York State passenger vehicle license plate on the front bumper. New York City police cars only have their own license plates identifying the car number, and only on the back. In fact few police departments in New York State use state plates for their cars, and those that do only use Police license plates. See more »


Eddie Ryan: Departmental trial? Who are you kidding? You know cops are always guilty until proven innocent.
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Referenced in The Concrete Jungle: An Interview with Robert Miano (2017) See more »

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Robert Duvall
10 July 2013 | by kairinglerSee all my reviews

Based on the true story of officer Eddie Egan,, who also has a small part in this movie,, I found it to be urban gritty, and to the point,, after he get's suspended from the force for causing the death of a bad guy,, he takes up bartending part time.. he later find out that his partner was viciously gunned down,, now he must take action 'Dirty Harry" style,, he sets out on a mission with only one thing in mind,, get the man or men that killed his partner,, the bad guys are led by a character named "Sweet William" , and now the battle is on good vs. evil,, sure this isn't gonna win any awards by no stretch of the imagination and certainly pales compared to the French Connection,, but this is a movie worthwhile of you're time.

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Release Date:

9 August 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Badge 373 See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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