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Strike Force (1975)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Sport | TV Movie 12 April 1975
A New York City detective teams up with a federal agent and a state trooper to bust up a drug ring.

Director:

Barry Shear

Writers:

Sonny Grosso (story), Roger O. Hirson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Cliff Gorman ... Detective Joey Gentry
Don Blakely ... FBI Agent Jerome Ripley (as Donald Blakely)
Richard Gere ... Trooper Walter Spenser
Edward Grover ... Captain Peterson (as Ed Grover)
Joe Spinell ... Sol Terranova
Marilyn Chris ... Faye Stone
Mimi Cecchini Mimi Cecchini ... Mrs. Morelli
Carl Don Carl Don
Arnold Soboloff Arnold Soboloff
Allan Rich ... Police Commissioner
Billy Longo Billy Longo ... Billy Morelli
Randy Jurgensen ... Randy, the Policeman (as Randy Jurgenson)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Gideon ... Trooper
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Storyline

A New York City detective teams up with a federal agent and a state trooper to bust up a drug ring.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Sport | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

12 April 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crack See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Joe Spinell's mother, Filomena Spagnuolo, has a cameo as the elderly owner of the Italian bakery and diner where one character eats dinner at. See more »

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LACKS COHESION
6 December 2003 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

The subject of this television pilot is an investigation of heroin trafficking in New York City, emphasizing a law enforcement task force and representatives of its three jurisdictional elements: a City Police detective (Cliff Gorman), an agent of the F.B.I. (Don Blakely) and a New York State trooper (Richard Gere), and their efforts to bring major criminals to bay. The tale is based on a story by Sonny Grosso and the production team is responsible for originating THE FRENCH CONNECTION, with the best scenes predictably those that propel the action yet allow local colour to tinge the proceedings. At only 74 minutes, the film bounds along briskly, but unfortunately this is due in the main to a large degree of cutting that grounds many scenes without a frame of reference to join them with the flow of the plot. A fundamental cause for the failure of the pilot to be accepted is a dearth of chemistry among the three leads, with Blakely and Gere (in his first cinema appearance) somewhat lacklustre, leaving Gorman, a fine actor, properly dominant, thereby shifting the relevance of the task force operation to an N.Y.P.D. focus. Heroin missing from the Department's Property Section becomes the principal investigative target for the three thrown-together partners, and resultant political ramifications for the Police Commissioner are touched upon, but only a trace of logic seeps through, leaving a viewer asea because of the storyline's untapped potential. Various New York City neighbourhoods serve as filming locations, the customary argots enhancing the episodic character of the butchered script, with Gorman utilized effectively amid the unknowing extras supplied by Gotham. Although the climax is rushed and certainly not memorable, the cinematography of Jack Priestley is, contributing immensely to the production's potential excitement, with primarily post-production decisions crippling the piece.


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