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The Black Marble (1980)

A romantic comedy which explores the pressures on police officers.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sgt. A.M. Valnikov
... Sgt. Natalie Zimmerman
... Philo Skinner
... Madeline Whitfield
... Clarence Cromwell
Raleigh Bond ... Captain 'Hipless' Hooker
... Pattie Mae
... Itchy Mitch
Paul Henry Itkin ... Det. Bullets Bambarella
Richard Dix ... Alex Valnikov
Jorge Cervera Jr. ... Dr. Rivera
... Mavis Skinner
... Harried Woman
Dallas Alinder ... Chester Biggs
Elizabeth Farley ... Receptionist
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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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JOSEPH WAMBAUGH'S DONE IT AGAIN. But he has never done it like this. See more »

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Crime | Romance | Comedy | Drama

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7 March 1980 (USA)  »

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The film was financed by Director Harold Becker, Screenwriter Joseph Wambaugh, and many of Wambaugh's friends, which allowed them to have total creative control. See more »

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Features Super Bowl XIII (1979) See more »

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Ochi chyornye
(Dark Eyes)
Written by Florian Hermann and Adalgiso Ferraris
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Wambaugh book is ruined..
28 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

The Black Marble was adapted from Wambaugh's novel, which was clever, fresh, funny and compelling. The movie contained none of the above. Harry Dean Stanton's acting was the only saving grace to this movie that went absolutely nowhere from start to finish. Poor acting and painfully slow dialog made this "B movie" appear to last six hours. A true yawn-fest from start to finish. No need to add spoilers to this review as everything that took place was both corny and predictable. Considering Wambaugh was responsible for classics such as the Onion Field and The New Centurions, The Black Marble will be remembered as Wambaugh's Black Plague.


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