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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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The Black Marble" is a motion picture different than anything JOSEPH WAMBAUGH has ever written. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Romance | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Black Marble Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The amount of the ransom was eighty-five thousand dollars. See more »

Connections

References Confessions from the David Galaxy Affair (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Ochi chyornye
(Dark Eyes)
Written by Florian Hermann and Adalgiso Ferraris
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Outstanding entertainment !
28 August 2011 | by besthookSee all my reviews

I read the book (©1978) about two weeks ago, rated it 8/10, discovered there was a movie version (©1980), watched the movie last night while "Irene" was storming our neighborhood. The book was slow to start and a bit difficult to get into. But, once the author "set the hook", I couldn't stop reading. What a superb composition. But then comes the movie... Hollywood did an outstanding job moving the book to film. The last time I enjoyed a book/film combination as much as this was for "Get Shorty". Well done Wambaugh! Thanks much.

The character development within the film is excellent with plenty of concentration on the major & minor players... one reason the movie is as long as it is. Some may complain, but one can't really appreciate how well this development supports the overall thrust of the movie without reading the book or watching the movie a second time.


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