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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 first scene of the movie is set in 1971, yet the two cops are in a 1975-76 Plymouth Fury. Also, the light bar present wasn't used on NYPD patrol cars until 1973. 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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Realism not usually seen
24 December 2000 | by garyovermanSee all my reviews

This is the true story, told from the viewpoint of the prosecutor, of the Jones-Piagentini case. NYPD officers Waverly Jones, who was black, and Joseph Piagentini are lured by a false call to a street corner and are ambushed and killed by a small band of black "revolutionaries".

The film concentrates on the investigation by the police and the Manhattan district attorney and the two trials that followed.

Good performances by an excellent cast, and a very good script, based upon prosecutor Robert Tannenbaum's book by the same title, give this film a sense of drama that is not usually seen.

Overall, this was an excellent film.


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