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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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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 producers wanted Paula Prentisss to play Natalie Zimmerman. She had retired from films to raise her two children, but took the part for which she was asked to gain extra weight. See more »


Soundtracks

Ochi chyornye
(Dark Eyes)
Written by Florian Hermann and Adalgiso Ferraris
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Lovely "little" movie that gets bigger & better on each viewing
24 August 2002 | by BurnKneeSee all my reviews

A very underrated film that can be called a cop movie, a buddy movie or an odd couple movie; mainly, one that's funny, human & absolutely beguiling. And it gets better each time I see it. The scene in which Robert Foxworth seduces Barbara Babcock (or vice versa) saying again & again, "I'll find your doggie"; the scene in which Paula Prentiss hilariously seduces him as a Russian gypsy song plays in the BG; Harry Dean Stanton as a dog lover who doesn't want to harm the dog he must harm to be credible as a blackmailer; James Woods' violinist who wants to stop playing & pee; the Russian restaurant; Foxworth's drunken opening scene in a Russian church--all are so wonderful & so well acted that the movie is an absolute delight. It's not to everyone's taste, but it sure is to mine. At first, it was a lovely surprise. Now, it's like an old friend.


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