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Law and Disorder (1974)

In the crime-ridden 70's New York City, two cops have had enough. They, along with few other disgruntled people decide to take the things into their own hands only to realize too late that they're in over their heads.

Director:

Ivan Passer

Writers:

Ivan Passer (screenplay), William Richert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Willie
Ernest Borgnine ... Cy
Ann Wedgeworth ... Sally
Anita Dangler Anita Dangler ... Irene
Leslie Ackerman ... Karen
Karen Black ... Gloria
Jack Kehoe ... Elliott
David Spielberg ... Bobby
Joseph Ragno ... Peter (as Joe Ragno)
Pat Corley ... Ken
J. Frank Lucas J. Frank Lucas ... Flasher
Edward Grover ... Capt. Malloy (as Ed Grover)
Pepper Wormser Pepper Wormser ... Yablonsky
Lionel Pina ... Chico
Gary Springer ... F.U. Kid
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Storyline

During the 1970s, New York City is plagued by a wave of crimes. Fed up with the situation and with the police's inaction, friends Willie and Cy complain to the local police precinct. Police captain Ed Malloy explains that his forces are stretched thin and cannot be everywhere all the time. He suggests that residents from various neighborhoods join the Police Auxiliary Force and patrol their own neighborhoods themselves. Willie and Cy organize a large group of volunteers from their neighborhood into a police auxiliary force. They are issued with uniforms and batons but no firearms. However, the resourceful men get hold of various personal firearms and even manage to obtain a few walkies-talkies. Later, Cy obtains a disused police car and paints the auxiliary police insignia on it. The patrol car also has a police radio installed. During the day, Willie and Cy go to their normal day jobs but at night they meet the other auxiliary policemen and patrol the streets of their neighborhood. ... Written by nufs68

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Laugh until it hurts See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Cy: I believe this area has degenerated into the biggest cesspool for perverts, creeps, thieves, junkies, sexual deviants, and all unwashed freaks in the city of New York!
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Alternate Versions

In the Anchor Bay DVD/VHS release, the scene where Cy shows Willie the hot police car he bought is cut a bit. In the original theatrical version, after Cy shows Willie the siren, Cy then shows Willie some stickers he is going to put on the car to make it look like an authentic police car, this part is missing in the home versions. See more »

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Carroll and Ernest are a Fine Tandem
24 January 2010 | by GreatornotSee all my reviews

Basically this was a film about a couple of blue collar NYC guys that are fed up with their city. They are great friends and organize an auxiliary police force. Getting caught up in this venture, they take this way too seriously and like to believe they are real cops. Gradually , they become out of control. This film had some of the funniest moments but out of nowhere, reality would hit. I liked the film and felt it was a very creative effort. Some wonderful scenes featuring Karen Black , in what may have been her best performance, as an over the top hairdresser. You also had an actor named J. Frank Lucas as a flasher who was funny. Perhaps the best character in the film was Gary Springer billed as the F.U. Kid. I am not making this up folks. It is right here on IMDb. The couple scenes Mr. Springer participated, were worth the price of admission, back in the day. In summation, I would say this is a dramady , with more emphasis on comedy than drama. Be prepared for some harsh moments and appreciate the great comic moments, of which there are many.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 1975 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Grand Street See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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