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Cops and Robbers (1973)

PG | | Crime, Comedy | 17 August 1973 (USA)
Two disillusioned New York City policemen plan a ten million dollar robbery to fuel their low pensions, only to run into one debacle after another in the process.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom
... Joe
... Secretary
James Ferguson ... Liquor Store Clerk
Frances Foster ... Bleeding Lady
Gayle Gorman ... Tom's Wife
... Wino
George Harris II ... Harry
Ellen Holly ... Ms. Wells
... Randy
... Ambulance Attendant
Delphi Lawrence ... Rich Lady
Lucy Martin ... Joe's Wife
Arthur Pierce ... Ambulance Attendant
Nino Ruggeri ... Mr. Joe
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Tom and Joe are disillusioned New York City cops who decide to pull off one big robbery and retire on the proceeds. Bearer bonds are what the local Mafia boss will buy, so that's what they go for. Central Park is the location for the switch. Can they come out of it with their lives and the money ? Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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See how two policemen pull off the biggest hold-up in the history of the New York Stock Exchange! See more »

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Entimotatoi kleftes  »

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Final film of Kent Smith. See more »

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Shadow of cameraman clearly visible after police car is 'returned' to the police storage yard. See more »

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Featured in Mugshot: An Interview with Joe Bologna (2015) See more »

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Sleep, Dream a Dream
Words by Chilton Ryan and Buddy Butler
Music by Michel Legrand
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Cops and Robbers is a steal.
12 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

New York City cops Tom and Joe are in the mist of burn out. Why me syndrome eats at them in every way including getting in the wrong lane on the highway. They decide on a bold move to remove themselves from the relentless rat race by stealing and selling security bonds to the mob while remaining untraceable themselves.

Cops and Robbers is a very decent suspense comedy overachiever. Lack of star power works in its favor with Cliff Gorman and Joseph Bologna as the two rogue cops as non-descript everydays they ooze New York and are not required to perform acts of cool bravado to protect their careers. They are not master thieves, instead learning as they go along and it's this thin ice approach that gives the film it's well paced balance of humor and suspense.

Made during the Serpico era when the NYPD was swimming in corruption it's hard not to root for these dirty cops being squeezed on both sides. It may be a low rent sting but it does have the benefit of bluffing the audience deeper into the final moments than predictable outcomes reserved for superstars like Newman and Redford.


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