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Badge 373 (1973)

After his suspension for the shooting death of a drug runner, a New York City cop vows to keep the streets clean, any way he can.


Howard W. Koch


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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Eddie Ryan
Verna Bloom ... Maureen
Henry Darrow ... Sweet William
Eddie Egan ... Scanlon
Felipe Luciano 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 Sam Schacht ... Assistant D.A.
Edward F. Carey Edward F. Carey ... The Commissioner
'Big' Lee 'Big' Lee ... Junkie in Casino


After his suspension for the shooting death of a drug runner, a New York City cop vows to keep the streets clean, any way he can.

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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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Release Date:

9 August 1973 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Policijska znacka 373 See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The picture was a critical and commercial failure at the box-office. 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 »


Referenced in The Concrete Jungle: An Interview with Robert Miano (2017) See more »

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Mediocre movie hoping to be something more than it really is.
10 February 2012 | by encyesSee all my reviews

I really tried to like this movie. In fact, I was excited to get it for a number of reasons: Robert Duvall, an Eddie Egan vehicle, and it being an early 1970's cop movie filmed in New York City. Many of the things I like. But I was sorely disappointed. I just don't follow the attraction to this film. In the wake of such Seventies superstar films like 'Dirty Harry', 'The French Connection', and 'Shaft' among others ('The Seven-Ups' is a great example of a lesser known film but equally as exciting), 'Badge 373' is a slow-moving, poorly acted, long, uninspiring, and less than memorable movie which surprisingly detours half-way through. Duvall is at best fair and Egan is painful in watching him deliver his robotic lines. Direction by Howard Koch is unimaginative and dark in many areas. A fairly exciting chase sequence involving a NYC transit bus along with a decent performance by Verna Bloom as Duvall's long suffering girlfriend, some noticeable non-PC slurs and a decent aerial view of lower Manhattan gives this movie its only credibility.

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