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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

In the courtroom scene of Jackie the hooker's preliminary hearing, the Judge's name on his desk nameplate is "Hon. Fred R. Simpson" . This is also the name of the film's First Assistant Director. See more »

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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

Huge Black Man: [while beating Keneely with brass knuckles] Hello, Keneely. You know what, Keneely? I gotta message for you, from my friend. He says: Shazam! That's all; Shazam. Can you dig it?
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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 »

Connections

References Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) See more »

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well made cop comedy/drama
3 October 1999 | by barahonaSee all my reviews

I saw this on the bottom half of a double feature and it quickly became one of my all time favorite obscure movies. The basic plot is nothing special(two vice cops , tired of busting hookers and gay bars, decide on their own to take on the city's vice/drug kingpin) but it is exciting and well made. A couple of action scenes stand out: one involves a chase of drug dealers through a supermarket all done in one long take (like the opening scene in "Touch of Evil") and the second is the final chase between two ambulances(!) that in my opinion is as good as those in Bullit and the French Connection. This is also features Elliot Gould's best performance. One scene in which he is forced to recant his testimony against a prostitute he arrested(because she had 'friends' in the department) and the resulting humiliation and frustration he expresses while being cross examined was very vivid. I don't think this is on video and it rarely plays on tv but it is a well made film that should satisfy action fans and make them think a little too.


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