The experiences of real life former NYPD Detectives Thomas Mulhearn
and Pete Tessitore
served as inspiration for the original screenplay by Heywood Gould
. It is reported that Paul Newman
spent some time with Mr. Mulhearn, getting into character for Officer Murphy. Thomas and Pete, along with other ex-cops helped add to the authenticity of the experiences documented in "Fort Apache the Bronx". See more
That's just talk, Andy, and you know it. We both know what's right. We ain't got the guts to do it.
Guts? What are you talkin', guts? You mean brains, don't ya? Shit, I'll go through fire with you Murph, and you know I will. But I gotta live with these guys. You turn a cop in, and you're finished. Might as well quit the force and move out of the city. Even if you get a transfer, your rep follows you around. It just ain't worth it. Especially when you won't be doing anybody any good. I ain't a ...