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Busting (1974)

Defying orders to lay-off the case, two Los Angeles vice-squad cops go after a local mobster and use unorthodox methods to achieve results.

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Peter Hyams

Writer:

Peter Hyams
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Vice Detective Michael Keneely
Robert Blake ... Vice Detective Patrick Farrel
Allen Garfield ... Carl Rizzo
Antonio Fargas ... Stephen
Michael Lerner ... Marvin
Sid Haig ... Rizzo's Bouncer
Ivor Francis ... Judge Fred R. Simpson
William Sylvester ... Mr. Weldman
Logan Ramsey ... Dr. Berman
Richard X. Slattery ... Desk Sergeant
Margo Winkler Margo Winkler ... Mrs. Rizzo
John Lawrence John Lawrence ... Sergeant Kenefick
Frank Farmer ... Rizzo's Connection
Cornelia Sharpe ... Jackie Faraday
Erin O'Reilly ... Doris
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Storyline

LA cops Gould and Blake get in over their heads when they don't heed orders from above and go after a big crime boss. While higher ups in the police department want the cop duo to just focus on nabbing petty criminals, the team does so while still going after LA kingpin Rizzo. Various fist fights, chases, shootouts and other carnage occur as the two cops go after Rizzo's crime syndicate. Written by Patrick Knightly <pjknight@polsci.umass.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1974 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Manos sucias sobre la ciudad See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Blake's film career came to an end not long after the making of "Busting." See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, during the ambulance chase, there are already skid marks on the road surface at the school crossing. These appear to be from previous takes on the scene as they match the ambulance's path perfectly. See more »

Quotes

Vice Detective Michael Keneely: Wouldn't you think the man would've at least had the decency to stay for the sermon?
Vice Detective Patrick Farrel: The Lord's gonna smoke his ass!
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Alternate Versions

There is a circulating TV print that deletes most of the R-rated content and adds superfluous scenes involving Rizzo's drug-courier (the white man in the grocery store shoot-out). See more »

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References Shazam! (1974) See more »

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42 years later ... "Busting"still has no expiration date ........
19 August 2016 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

Talk about a movie that has aged well, despite being over four decades old. There is so much going on, and Elliot Gould and Robert Blake play off each other so well, I didn't even notice, or for that fact care, that they drive 70s "land yachts", and dress "mod". "Busting" is greatly enhanced by our two rogue vice cops constant sarcasm and wise cracking, mostly at Allen Garfield's expense. I would have to say that Gould's performance here easily equals his terrific acting in "The Silent Partner". The film is full of interesting characters, with Michael Lerner as a porno shop owner the standout. As buddy cop movies go, "Busting" is one of the best. - MERK


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