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
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While handing out daily assignments for plainclothes duty, the roll call sergeant mentions the names of the two real-life police officers whose work the film is based on, "Mulhearn and Tessitore" (Thomas Mulhearn and Pete Tessitore). See more »
When Murphy and Corelli take off after the purse snatcher, a shot from inside their vehicle, looking through the windshield, reveals that the rear-view mirror has been removed. In the next shot, from outside the car, the rear-view mirror is in its proper place. See more »
[walking into the precinct for the first time]
Captain Duggan's office?
[points toward the right without looking up]
Don't you monitor the people who ask to see the commander, Sergeant? What if I was a lunatic with a gun?
Then you wouldn't be a police officer Captain Connolly. Or would you?
What's your name, Sergeant?
Kicking ass and taking names eh Captain? Well I'm Sergeant Anthony Pantuzzi. I have 22 years on the job and I'm ready to retire tomorrow if I get a hard time from my new commander. ...
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NBC edited 29 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »
Written by David Brown (uncredited), C. Reyes (uncredited) and Rico Reyes (uncredited)
Performed by Santana
Courtesy of CBS Records
(P) 1971 CBS Records See more »
Underrated, almost cinema vérité look at the "Bronx Zoo" of the 1970s
I was a bit taken aback when reading through the external reviews and seeing notable critics like Roger Ebert generally panning this movie. Not that it's a high water mark of film making, but a stylish, gritty, well-constructed movie, certainly.
The one major distracting element is Paul Newman. His performance is not at fault by any standards, in fact he was very good, but in this dark look at inner city dwellers and how they're prisoners of the crime and poverty that surrounds them, one of Hollywood's most notable actors just sticks out like a sore thumb. Again, not through any misstep that Mr. Newman might have made, but just simply because he is who he is: Too big to fit into a movie about little people.
Regardless, the movie is highly recommended for anyone wanting a unique look at inner city blight, the people who live in this setting and the men and women who try to protect them. There is nothing quaint about this movie, it is real and rough.
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