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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.


Aram Avakian

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Gorman ... Tom
Joseph Bologna ... Joe
Charlene Dallas ... Secretary
James Ferguson James Ferguson ... Liquor Store Clerk
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... Bleeding Lady
Gayle Gorman Gayle Gorman ... Tom's Wife
Walt Gorney ... Wino
George Harris II George Harris II ... Harry
Ellen Holly Ellen Holly ... Ms. Wells
Randy Jurgensen ... Randy
Martin Kove ... Ambulance Attendant
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... Rich Lady
Lucy Martin Lucy Martin ... Joe's Wife
Arthur Pierce Arthur Pierce ... Ambulance Attendant
Nino Ruggeri Nino Ruggeri ... Mr. Joe


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


They make $ 215.39 a week as Cops, and $10,000,000 in one day as Robbers. HOW DID THEY GET AWAY WITH IT? See more »


Crime | Comedy


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Release Date:

17 August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entimotatoi kleftes See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In a long shot of traffic there is a truck emblazoned with the Bohack logo. Bohack was a supermarket in the 70s and it featured prominently in many other Donald Westlake novels involving John Dortmunder whose girlfriend, May, worked there. See more »


It was strange that the four after entering Central Park made a right hand turn when the main street they crossed was straight ahead. See more »


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


It's a World of Cops and Robbers
Words by Jacques Wilson
Music by Michel Legrand
Sung by Grady Tate
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A GREAT hidden gem about the way NYC used to be!
20 October 2012 | by UNOhwenSee all my reviews

I'm Born, raised - and still live in NYC.

Seeing this movie made me (like a lot of my fellow NYC'ers) pine for those days.

It was a great place to grow up - made you 'get with it' really fast.

I'd never heard of this film (and I know Mr. Gorman!), so, when it appeared last night on TCM, I recorded it.

What a find!

The sights and sounds bring back a lot of memories, as does even the film's stock, and the look. All pitch-perfect.

The acting's superb.

Instead of the (misguided) idea of using 'star' names, the producers and the director went for ACTORS - New York actors.

ANd that makes all the difference.

The leads, Cliff Gorman and Joseph Bologna are 2 schlubs - cops, who know they're stuck ion a treadmill.

They want SOME way to get out - to 'go sit on a beach,' and enjoy their lives.

So, through a meeting by happenstance, with a well-known Mafioso figure 'Pasquale Aniello' aka Patsy O'Neill, they think they've found a way to meet their goal.

Everyone in the cast is so New York, the director - Aram Avakian - is a born New Yorker, and it really does help give this film that true feel.

You can see it in such things like the ways the cops slouch.

The little touches - such as the annoying Muzak that plays in a couple of scenes - gives the humor (this IS a comedy) a real NYC feel. It's dry, it's got a 'been there,' jaded quality that is so typical.

I join the chorus in praising this little gem.

If it shows up - WATCH IT.

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