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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

During production residents of the Bronx protested the film claiming it would show show only the Bronx badly and ignore the good qualities. Moreover, local Bronx community groups also allegedly threatened to sue the production because of the way the picture was going to depict the Bronx and its ethnic minorities such as African Americans and Puerto Ricans. Because of this, the picture starts with a disclaimer in the prologue and script changes to the screenplay were made. See more »

Goofs

Obvious dummy when Murphy and Corelli prevent the transvestite from leaping off the roof. See more »

Quotes

Murphy: [Murphy and Isabella are playing the game of you-tell-me-about-me while on their first date. Murphy starts telling Isabella about herself] Poor family, you're the oldest. You've got a lot of brothers and sisters. You got a brother in the joint. Your mother's sick. You got a scholarship to nursing school and you did real good, but you can't get a job anywhere but here. How'm I doin'?
Isabella: I don't know yet.
Murphy: [continuing] Smoke a little reefer, fool around a little bit, you wanna get married but the ...
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Alternate Versions

NBC edited 29 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »


Soundtracks

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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Pretty good police drama.
13 July 2002 | by mhasheiderSee all my reviews

Pretty good police drama that has Paul Newman as a restless yet devoted veteran patrolman who has to put up with the everyday ordeals in the very bleak, rough urban South Bronx neighborhood as he, his young, self-confident partner (Ken Wahl), and the rest of the unit deal with their new captain (Ed Anser), who is absolutely determined to crack down on crime in the area and winds up igniting a riot with infuriated residents.

Besides the acting which is respectable to say the least, the cinematography marvelous shot by the late John Alcott and Jonathan Tunick's sharp, quirky musical score gives the film much more appeal.


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