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Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)

In New York, South Bronx's main police precinct is nicknamed Fort Apache by its employees who feel like troopers surrounded by hostiles in a wild west isolated outpost.

Director:

Daniel Petrie

Writers:

Heywood Gould, Thomas Mulhearn (suggested by the experiences of) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Murphy
Edward Asner ... Connolly
Ken Wahl ... Corelli
Danny Aiello ... Morgan
Rachel Ticotin ... Isabella
Pam Grier ... Charlotte
Kathleen Beller ... Theresa
Tito Goya Tito Goya ... Jumper / Detective
Miguel Pinero Miguel Pinero ... Hernando
Jaime Tirelli ... Jose
Lance Guecia Lance Guecia ... Track Star (as Lance William Guecia)
Rony Clanton Rony Clanton ... Pimp (as Ronnie Clanton)
Clifford David ... Dacey
Sully Boyar Sully Boyar ... Dugan
Michael Higgins ... Heffernan
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Storyline

From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. The story follows officer Murphy, who seems to be a tuff cynic, but in truth he's a moralist with a sense for justice. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

15 minutes from Manhattan there's a place where even the cops fear to tread. [UK Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bronx See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$29,200,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,200,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rachel Ticotin's character "Isabella" was partly inspired Thomas Mulhearn's long-time Puerto-Rican/Cuban girlfriend Venus Castano. She worked in a medical office and lived in situations similar to "Isabella" at the time of writing and production. Venus Castano actually auditioned for the role despite the personal connection to the character. Though, she wasn't cast, she appeared as an extra in several scenes, along with Thomas Mulhearn and their daughter Elizabeth. See more »

Goofs

When Pam Grier (Charlotte) is about to cut her potential customer with a razor hidden in her mouth, the close-up shows she is about to strike on the gentleman's cheek. However after the strike, the shot goes to a far-away shot where the cut is further down the neck. See more »

Quotes

Connolly: What's all this Indian junk?
Heffernan: Well, you know the precinct is nicknamed 'Fort Apache'...
Applebaum: The men put that up, Captain. Guy goes on vacation, he brings back some kind of souvenir, you know?
Connolly: It makes the place look like a fraternity house... take it down, lieutenant.
Applebaum: It's not a good idea, Captain.
Connolly: And let's see about getting this place painted.
Heffernan: Well that's kind of a problem, painters won't come up here.
Connolly: We'll have to get all those civilians out from in front of the precinct.
Applebaum: We can't do that.
Connolly: [...]
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

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Guajira
Written by David Brown (uncredited), C. Reyes (uncredited) and Rico Reyes (uncredited)
Performed by Santana
Courtesy of CBS Records
(P) 1971 CBS Records
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Under-rated
13 August 2004 | by RussianPantyHogSee all my reviews

I'm surprised at all the negative reviews of this movie. yes, it's dark and depressing and certainly 'un-even', but I was glued to the screen. New York is the most fascinating city I've ever visited. Beautiful, cosmopolitan, fantastically wealthy and it sure never sleeps. But there's a dark side to "the big apple" and I honestly think this film captures that perfectly. It shows the poverty and despair of all those who haven't managed to live the dream and the siege mentality of the guys trying to maintain law and order. It's an utterly believable picture of day-to-day police work in a huge city. Much better than Cagney & Lacey & Kojak. Paul Newman plays a veteran patrol officer who's been on the streets too long and finds it hard to take anything seriously any more, until. You'll have to watch the movie to find out what lights his fire again. Ken Wahl (convincingly) plays his much younger partner and Ed Asner is superb as their hard-nosed Captain, struggling to be a cop, manager, politician, budget-holder and father-figure all at once. In fact, I would say Asner deserved an Oscar nomination. It was easily his best role. Fort Apache truly shows the real nature of a war against crime. Cops are under-funded and battling daily against impossible odds. All they have is each other. On the DOWN side, this movie does have 2 major flaws. First, it is horribly jolty and un-even. There's no plot at all and (to me) it felt throughout like a 'pilot' for a police soap opera that never made it to series. And second, the romance between Paul Newman and Rachel Ticotin is frankly ridiculous. They're both excellent actors and I'm one of the many millions who envy Newman his good looks, but, Ticotin is THIRTY THREE years younger than Newman. He could (almost) be her Grandfather! Fort Apache is a good movie though and I would say it paved the way for many current shows (such as Law & Order) which show law enforcement, warts and all. It's well worth seeing.


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