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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 »

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Crime | Romance | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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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 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 »

Connections

Features Super Bowl XIII (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Ochi chyornye
(Dark Eyes)
Written by Florian Hermann and Adalgiso Ferraris
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Laugh-out-loud cop show
27 February 2002 | by Jim_McKendrickSee all my reviews

IMO, this is one of the most underrated films ever. I love most of Joseph Wambaugh's cop stories and this one was sheer delight. From the opening scenes, when the drunken Robert Foxworth is shown swaying back and forth at a religious ceremony, until Harry Dean Stanton ends up in a Mexican hospital with his genitalia mutilated by a Doberman Pinscher, it's just one long belly laugh after another. The only jarring note in this otherwise splendid comedy is Foxworth's mental flashbacks to murdered children. I think this is one of the few movies I've seen where the screen version of a story surpasses the original book.


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