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Badge of the Assassin (1985)

Three black revolutionaries gun down two New York City police officers. The subsequent investigation puts a white assistant DA and a black police detective on the trail of the killers that ... See full summary »

Director:

Mel Damski

Writers:

Lawrence Roman (written for television by), Robert K. Tanenbaum (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Woods ... Robert K. Tanenbaum, Assistant District Attorney
Yaphet Kotto ... Detective Cliff Fenton NYPD
Alex Rocco ... Detective Bill Butler NYPD
David Harris ... Lester Bertram Day
Steven Keats Steven Keats ... Harold Skelton, Defense Attorney
Larry Riley ... Herman Bell
Pam Grier ... Alexandra 'Alie' Horn
Rae Dawn Chong ... Christine Horn
Richard Bradford ... L.J. Delsa
Kene Holiday ... Albert Washington (as Kene Holliday)
Toni Kalem ... Diane Piagentini
Tamu Blackwell Tamu Blackwell ... Gloria Lapp
Richard Brooks ... Anthony 'Tony' Bottom
Akosua Busia ... Ruth
Lewis Arquette ... Foreman #1
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Three black revolutionaries gun down two New York City police officers. The subsequent investigation puts a white assistant DA and a black police detective on the trail of the killers that leads from New York to San Francisco and down to New Orleans. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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They killed in cold blood. Not for money. Not for revenge. But for an even more ruthless motive.

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Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das As im Ärmel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The San Francisco police cars in the movie are painted blue and white. In real life, SFPD patrol cars were painted black and white in 1971, when the scene takes place. See more »

Quotes

Detective Cliff Fenton NYPD: It doesn't make sense!
Herman Bell: It does not have to! It just has to get noticed! They have to learn - -oppressing people COSTS!
Detective Cliff Fenton NYPD: Now I know what you are. You're not a man; you're not a leader; you're a black thug!
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Disturbing film
27 February 2001 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Badge of the Assassin benefits from strong performances by James Woods and Yaphet Kotto, but that shouldn't be surprising. Sadly the film reflects the 'colour blind' attitudes of the time it was made, a time when Americans were willfully trying to ignore the twin legacies of slavery and racism. We are given little (if any) insight into the minds of the revolutionaries, who are portrayed as cold blooded maniacs. Which they may or may not be...but the one dimensional characters depicted here are not satisying. There is no attempt to place their actions in context or to explain their motivation. Perhaps that's too much to expect from a TV movie, but I suspect in a decade or two this will look as anachronistic as the antics of Willie Best look to us today.


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