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Code of Silence (1985)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 3 May 1985 (USA)
A Chicago cop is caught in a middle of a gang war while his own comrades shun him because he wants to take an irresponsible cop down.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eddie Cusack
... Luis Comacho
... Commander Kates
... Tony Luna
Nathan Davis ... Felix Scalese
Ralph Foody ... Cragie
... Pirelli
Ron Henriquez ... Victor Comacho
Joe Guzaldo ... Nick Kopalas (as Joseph Guzaldo)
... Diana Luna
... Brennan
Wilbert Bradley ... Spider
... Dorato
... Music
Mario Nieves ... Pompas
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Storyline

Eddie Cusack is a Chicago police officer about to bust some members of the Comacho gang when the gang is shot up by a rival drug gang from the neighboring building, led by Tony Luna. Victor Comacho is the only survivor of the Comacho gang and his older brother, Luis, who is the leader of the gang, retaliates by killing Luna's family and kidnaps Luna's daughter, Diana. Cusack must face Tony Luna and Luis Comacho alone because nobody on the police force is willing to help him since he was the only cop who broke the code of silence by testifying against a fellow cop who killed an unarmed teenager, but Cusack is not really alone. A police robot called "Prowler" aides Cusack as he takes down the gangs. Written by Anonymous

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The toughest cop in the world.... just got tougher. See more »


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3 May 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dirty Harry IV: Code of Silence  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,512,461, 5 May 1985, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,345,261
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where the two hoods walk into the tavern to rob it, only to find that it's full of cops is based on an actual event that took place in an infamous after-hours bar on Chicago's near North Side where policemen gathered after their shifts. Among the cast are several veterans of the Chicago Police force including Dennis Farina. See more »

Goofs

As the L train is passing over the river, Angel takes his chance and jumps. Cusack stops for a moment, says "Shit!" puts his gun in his holster and after a couple of seconds, jumps after him, hitting the water in the middle of the river, just like Angel. However, the L train is moving fast in this scene. In those couple of seconds, the train would have passed the river. See more »

Quotes

[Noticing some painters going into an apartment]
Music: What the hell are those guys up to?
Brennan: Going to work, what do you think?
Music: At this hour?
Brennan: Don't worry about it. Let it roll! They've got a hard ass for a boss, just like us.
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Referenced in Kung Tai Ted: Ninja Death III (2010) See more »

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Leave it to Norris. He'll do it by the badge, and on his lonesome too.
8 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

As I sat down, I wasn't expecting much even with the constant praise I read about this particular Norris effort. So to my surprise, I usually can't help but grin, or chuckle whenever watching one his films (humorous or not), but "Code of Silence" altered that perception. Well just say up until that waterlogged, lonesome gung-ho final curtain call into heroic pulp territory. Now then I couldn't help but raise a smirk, and go along with the fantasy. What really pushes this one along; is that it's professionally directed with balls and vigorous energy by Andrew Davis. The well-plotted material keeps you involved, while even following the standard textbook cop drama elements. The honest script has some cringe moments, but never becomes brainless. Just look at the witty humour and turmoil drama (a real concentration on loyalty from the cops to the criminals) that's thrown in, it fits along with everything that opens up in the meaty plot.

So it begs the question. How was our star? Norris's competently does a fine job. His easy-going nature, brought to the screen a comfortable performance, even when he wasn't kicking ass. And we know how good he's at the latter, but his acting turn here had a rather genuine feel to his character. Even though he's one man antics cross the line. He doesn't need a partner. Hell, just sack the entire police force as you can see by the results. Norris is capable enough. He got game. Henry Silva's stoically vicious drug lord villain, was a sturdy show-in and Molly Hagan admirably delivers. Ralph Foody amuses as a burnt-out cop.

Nothing about this project is award winning material, but assured catering in nearly every field makes it better than just your average cop drama. A confidently good-looking production, is filled with well-placed set-pieces and sweaty stunk work infused by its snappy pace and an uncannily, upbeat music score. The urban setting is put to great-use and fashionably-captured shots.

Quite an exciting and always on the move action yarn, which has a little more thought behind it than you might think.


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