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The Super Cops (1974)

The true story of two New York City cops. Greenberg & Hantz fought the system, became detectives and were known on the streets as "Batman & Robin".

Director:

Gordon Parks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Leibman ... David Greenberg
David Selby ... Robert Hantz
Sheila Frazier ... Sara (as Sheila E. Frazier)
Pat Hingle ... Insp. Novick
Dan Frazer ... Police Capt. Irving Krasna
Joseph Sirola ... Police Lt. O'Shaughnessy
Arny Freeman Arny Freeman ... Judge Benny Kellner
Bernard Kates Bernard Kates ... Heller
Alex Colon ... Carlos
Charles Turner Charles Turner ... Joe Hayes
Ralph Wilcox Ralph Wilcox ... John Hayes
Al Fann ... Frank Hayes
David Greenberg David Greenberg ... Det. Basoff (as Dave Greeberg)
Robert Hantz Robert Hantz ... Det. Neel
Norman Bush Norman Bush ... Billy
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Dave and Rob, fresh from the Police Academy, enrage their captain because they want to do more than controlling the traffic. As penalty they are sent to Brooklyn. However they don't give up, but develop their own methods to fight against dealers, criminals and corrupt colleagues. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Trivia

Film debut of Pat Corley. See more »

Goofs

Pat Hingle's character is identified as "Inspector Novick" yet he wears 4 stars on his uniform. In the NYPD 4-stars would indicate the Chief of the Department. A NYPD inspector wears a gold eagle similar to an Army colonel's. See more »

Quotes

Robert Hantz: How legal is this?
David Greenberg: Legal? Offhand, I'd rate it somewhere between murder and kissing a cocker spaniel.
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Connections

References Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Saints Go Marching In
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Music by Virgil Oliver Stamps
Playing at Coney Island
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Gritty New York crime drama with a sense of humor
6 November 2012 | by WNYerSee all my reviews

Two rookie cops join forces to try and make a difference fighting crime on the streets of New York. They quickly learn they must also fight the corruption and bureaucracy in their own police department.

Entertaining and offbeat crime drama from Gordon Parks which served as his first follow-up feature after directing the two successful Shaft films with Richard Roundtree. Like that series, Super Cops is given a big lift by some great on-location shooting in New York City which really captures the gritty look and feel of 1970's street life.

It also benefits from two likable performances from Ron Leibman and David Selby as the rookie duo "affectionately" nick-named Batman and Robin by the locals. The rest of the cast is a solid mix of familiar faces from the crime and blaxploitation films from that era. Standing out is Pat Hingle as a gruff inspector trying to bring down the boys and Sheila Fraser - fresh off her appearance in the Super Fly films - as a prostitute.

The screenplay is based on the real life exploits of NY police officers David Greenburg and Robert Hantz (who both have cameos in the film) and frequently veers between comedy and drama - albeit somewhat unevenly. It is still held together by the engaging story and the smart direction of Parks.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1974 (West Germany) See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

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1.85 : 1
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