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The Black Marble (1980)

A romantic comedy which explores the pressures on police officers.

Director:

Harold Becker

Writers:

Joseph Wambaugh (novel), Joseph Wambaugh (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Foxworth ... Sgt. A.M. Valnikov
Paula Prentiss ... Sgt. Natalie Zimmerman
Harry Dean Stanton ... Philo Skinner
Barbara Babcock ... Madeline Whitfield
John Hancock ... Clarence Cromwell
Raleigh Bond Raleigh Bond ... Captain 'Hipless' Hooker
Judy Landers ... Pattie Mae
Pat Corley ... Itchy Mitch
Paul Henry Itkin Paul Henry Itkin ... Det. Bullets Bambarella
Richard Dix Richard Dix ... Alex Valnikov
Jorge Cervera Jr. Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Dr. Rivera
Marilyn Chris ... Mavis Skinner
Doris Belack ... Harried Woman
Dallas Alinder Dallas Alinder ... Chester Biggs
Elizabeth Farley Elizabeth Farley ... Receptionist
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Storyline

Pragmatic Sgt. Natalie Zimmermann is paired with Valnikov, a romantic detective of Russian origin who is going through a midlife crisis. They fall in love while solving the case of the kidnapping of a socialite's pet dog. Written by EST <cimas@sinfo.net>

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A WILD, WICKED DETECTIVE STORY as only Joseph Wambaugh could tell it! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Romance | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La canica negra See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Black Marble Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Wambaugh won the 1981 Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his screenplay for this movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in Sneak Previews: Going to the Movies: Revisited (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Ochi chyornye
(Dark Eyes)
Written by Florian Hermann and Adalgiso Ferraris
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A lot of Fun....
10 November 2005 | by wxbug1See all my reviews

I have this movie on VHS and haven't watched it in quite awhile, but I wanted to leave a quick comment. I found this movie to be quite funny and to be appreciated for the great performances by Robert Foxworth, Paula Prentiss and Harry Dean Stanton. It's a quirky movie to be sure but full of small moments of laughter and sadness. It has just the right pace although some might find it a little slow at moments. If you enjoy a movie that relies on good acting and not special effects, this could be just the movie for scrunching up on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn and relaxing. Also the surprise appearance by a young James Woods supplies just the right amount of comic relief....Enjoy!


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