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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".

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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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Storyline

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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Impossible ? Incredible ? Amazing ? Not for the super cops. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1974 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

2 supercolt a Brooklyn See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The New York newspapers did actually call the exploits of the Brooklyn "Super Cops" David Greenberg and Robert Hantz as "The Adventures of Batman and Robin". See more »

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The volume of dust on Greenberg and Hantz in the building being demolished varies wildly from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

David Greenberg: Sir? Hantz and me we made all kinds of collars on our own time and all we got so far is called crooks and treated like we got leprosy. A polite question is what the fuck kind of police force is this?
Captain Bush: It is a big organization, that's what kind. Like General Motors. Like the Army. It has its own system of doing things. It may be lunatic. Who knows, who cares. But if you are bucking that system you are in TROUBLE!
Robert Hantz: Even if we aim to improve it?
Captain Bush: Hmmm boy... You belong in the New York Police ...
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Connections

References Batman (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Saints Go Marching In
(uncredited)
Music by Virgil Oliver Stamps
Playing at Coney Island
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Decent but could have used more grit
7 May 2006 | by udar55See all my reviews

This is based on the true story of two rookie NYC cops whose exploits earned them the nicknames "Batman" and "Robin" in the 70s. Ron Leibman stars as David Greenberg (Batman) and David Selby stars as Robert Hantz (Robin). These two rock the boat right away by making drug arrests on their days off. Naturally, this doesn't sit well with the other crooked cops who don't like to be made to look bad. The duo find themselves in all sorts of scenarios from stopping hit men out to kill them (true story) to beating up a purse snatcher who turns out to be a high ranking cop (not so true story). Directed by Gordon Parks and written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., THE SUPER COPS never really finds the right footing. With hard hitting cop dramas like DIRTY HARRY, THE FRENCH CONNECTION and SERPICO coming out in the previous years, it is kinda hard to imagine how audiences reacted to this. The cops are played as goofballs with Ron Liebman, a dead ringer for John Astin, being truly annoying. At the same time, there is some hard hitting stuff about corrupt police and the system. Interestingly, the film opens with footage of the two real cops receiving commendations from a character portray as crooked (by Pat Hingle) in the film. Even more interesting, the two cops apparently both fell on the wrong side of the law several years after this film was made.


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