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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Murphy
... Connolly
... Corelli
... Morgan
... Isabella
... Charlotte
... Theresa
Tito Goya ... Jumper / Detective
Miguel Pinero ... Hernando
... Jose
Lance Guecia ... Track Star (as Lance William Guecia)
Rony Clanton ... Pimp (as Ronnie Clanton)
... Dacey
Sully Boyar ... Dugan
... Heffernan
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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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15 minutes from Manhattan there's a place where even the cops fear to tread. [UK Theatrical] See more »

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Crime | Drama

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6 February 1981 (USA)  »

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The Bronx  »

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Gross USA:

$29,200,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$65,200,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to veteran TV writer and producer Steven Bochco, this film served as one of the inspirations for his ground breaking series Hill Street Blues (1981). See more »

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Credits typo: In the closing credits, Frederick Allan, who played Corelli's brother, is credited as Corelli's bother. See more »

Quotes

Murphy: What is this, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral?
Finley: As long as there's cop killers around, pal, I'm gonna be ready.
Murphy: It don't make no difference how many guns you got. You only got two hands.
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References Fort Apache (1948) See more »

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The Blue Side
Written by David Lasley (uncredited) and Allee Willis (uncredited)
Performed by Crystal Gayle
Courtesy of CBS Records
(P) 1979 CBS Records
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Under-rated
13 August 2004 | by See 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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