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Deadly Hero (1975)

When disturbed New York City (NYPD) cop Lacy rescues Sally, a beautiful cellist, from deranged crook Rabbit by shooting Rabbit in cold blood, he sets off a spark of publicity that brands him the city's hero.

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... Lacy
... Sally
... Rabbit
... Mrs. Broderick
... Reilly
... Billings
Charles Siebert ... Baker
... Buckley
... D.A. Winston
Mel Berger ... Arco
Virginia Sandifur ... Ellie
Ron Weyand ... Captain Stark
... Slugger Ann
Tom Kampman ... Hunter
... Victor (as Joshua Mostel)
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When disturbed New York City (NYPD) cop Lacy rescues Sally, a beautiful cellist, from deranged crook Rabbit by shooting Rabbit in cold blood, he sets off a spark of publicity that brands him the city's hero.

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Not since "The French Connection" and "Death Wish" has a motion picture looked deep into the life and soul of the big city. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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14 December 1975 (USA)  »

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Jules Dassin was originally considered to direct this film. See more »

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There isn't any 21 Precinct in New York City Police Department. See more »

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Exciting psychological thriller
30 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a visualy exciting, if somewhat sleazy thriller. After saving a woman from a would-be kidnapper/extortionist, NYC cop Don Murray breaks down and stalks the woman he saved after she goes to the D.A. to change her testimoney, charging him with the "unjustified murder" of the perp.

Though he becomes the "bad guy," the viewer can't help but feel sorry for Murray's character as his world falls apart all around him. All because of one error in judgement. This film is an effective - if unintentional - indictment on big-city policing. Not through the cops' position, but society's, as we demand so much from the police, yet become so righteous when they accomplish the job they are tasked with. One strike against the film is the oh-so-superior, smug stereotypes of the white working-class. A plus, James Earl Jones' funny performance as the suave, but sinister perp. Great NYC photography.


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