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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 ... 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:

No Cowboys, No Indians, No Cavalry To The Rescue, Only A Cop. 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

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

Quotes

Connolly: Your Precinct has the worst absentee record in the city, the most disability claims, the highest percentage of men on sick call, the least convictions per arrest, and you want me to believe there are no men on the take!
Dugan: So they toss a numbers runner for a couple of dollars, turn a pimp upside down for a little loose change, there's nobody getting rich up here.
Connolly: There's nobody doing anything up here that I can see, these men aren't motivated
Dugan: Motivated ? This is Siberia, Connolly. 65% of the men ...
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

References Tomorrow Coast to Coast (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Family Tradition
Written by Hank Williams Jr. (uncredited)
Performed by Hank Williams Jr.
Courtesy of Elektra Records and Curb Productions
(P) 1980 Elektra Records
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Fine drama
14 January 2000 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

Paul Newman is terrific in a bit of a departure for him. There is a huge and talented cast at work here, and Pam Grier steals the show from everyone else. As a crackhead prostitute, she is completely mesmerizing. Rachel Ticotin also does great work as a drug addict/romantic interest for Newman. She does a scene walking down the street in only a nightgown that is memorable. All in all, this movie is good enough to be worth your time.


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