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The Big Black Pill (1981)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | TV Movie 29 January 1981
Joe Dancer is a private detective working in LA. He's given a big money case by Tiffany Farinpour, one of the Farinpour family who include powerful politicians. Tiffany needs Joe to find ... See full summary »

Director:

Reza Badiyi

Writers:

Robert Blake (creator), Michael Butler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Blake ... Joe Dancer
JoBeth Williams ... Tiffany Farrenpour
Neva Patterson ... Eliza Farinpour
James Gammon ... Captain Jake Jacqualone
Veronica Cartwright ... Sister Theresa
Carol Wayne ... Allegra Farinpour
Edward Winter ... Jerrold Farinpour
Phillip R. Allen ... Commissioner Wilkie
Sondra Blake ... Charlie
Eileen Heckart ... Sister Clara
Wilford Brimley ... Wally Haskell
Kevyn Major Howard ... David Farinpour
Kenneth Tigar ... Trotter
Bubba Smith ... Big Foot
Robert Phillips ... Little Al
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Joe Dancer is a private detective working in LA. He's given a big money case by Tiffany Farinpour, one of the Farinpour family who include powerful politicians. Tiffany needs Joe to find her younger brother David who has left the family under a cloud. However in trying to find David Joe is warned off by several thugs before finally finding David in a small town just trying to live a quiet life. Seconds later David is killed by a hidden assassin and Joe finds all evidence of his life in the town has been erased and Joe is facing a murder charge. With the clock ticking Joe must find the killer in a plot that involves danger and deep family secrets. Written by Paul Hunter aka "Bob the Moo"

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joe Dancer See more »

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Filmways Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Really awful
7 December 2001 | by darth76See all my reviews

At first I thought that I was watching a parody of a police movie, as neither the actor could be taken seriously as a tough private investigator, nor the dialogues were natural (often, there were quite illogical, as well). If you see the scene with the nun praying to God to save the good detective from drowning and him replying "Don't thank God, thank the water that was not cold and these old bones", you certainly believe that you are dealing with a parody. Then I realised that this movie was serious and that was based in a TV series. Everything here is incredibly pathetic: low-budget directory without fantasy, a script that brings into mind a soap opera and, last but not least, bad acting.


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