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The saga of a Chicago police detective's efforts to stop a young hood's ruthless rise in the ranks of organized crime.
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1988   1987   1986  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Dennis Farina ...  Lt. Mike Torello 43 episodes, 1986-1988
Bill Smitrovich ...  Sgt. Danny Krychek / ... 40 episodes, 1986-1988
Steve Ryan ...  Det. Nate Grossman 40 episodes, 1986-1988
Billy Campbell ...  Det. Joey Indelli / ... 40 episodes, 1986-1988
Paul Butler Paul Butler ...  Det. Walter Clemmons 40 episodes, 1986-1988
Tony Denison ...  Ray Luca 38 episodes, 1986-1988
Stephen Lang ...  Atty. David Abrams 39 episodes, 1986-1988
John Santucci John Santucci ...  Pauli Taglia 37 episodes, 1986-1988
Ted Levine ...  Frank Holman 20 episodes, 1986-1988
Joseph Wiseman ...  Manny Weisbord 18 episodes, 1986-1988
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Chicago, 1963. As head of the police department's Major Crime Unit, Lieutenant Michael Torello must deal with the city's most dangerous criminals. And possibly the most dangerous of all is Ray Luca, a young ambitious street hood who's out to gain wealth and power by whatever means - including theft, threats, extortion and murder. As Luca begins his ruthless climb up the ladder of organized crime, leaving a growing number of victims in his wake, Torello becomes more and more determined to bring him down. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Trivia

John Santucci, who portrays Ray Luca's sidekick Paulie Taglia, was a real-life professional thief, who was busted on numerous occasions by series co-creator Chuck Adamson and Dennis Farina when they were Chicago cops. Many of the robberies, hijackings, and burglaries are based upon Santucci's crimes, including the museum jewelry heist profiled in the pilot, according to the DVD liner notes. See more »

Goofs

All the 1959 Fords the team drive have 1964 Ford poverty hubcaps. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Mike Torello: Hey you. You hurt anybody else, when this is over, I'm gonna find what you love the most and I'm gonna kill it. Your mother, your father, your dog... don't matter what it is, it's dead.
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Crazy Credits

Al Kooper ... Guy who picks music for the show See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Short Film About the Long Career of Abel Ferrara (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Runaway
Written by Del Shannon (uncredited) and Max Crook (uncredited)
Performed by Del Shannon
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Why are there not more postings for this awesome show!
1 July 2005 | by jeannie626See all my reviews

I miss it, and it's been nearly 20 years! I'm just surprised there is not a bona-fide cult following for this show! If anyone reading this disagrees, well speak up!! The show premiered when I was a teenager, and I thought it was cool as sh%#! Of course, I was also watching Pee-Wee's playhouse, Joes Bob Briggs Drive-In Theatre, going to see Roy Orbison in concert one last time. And while the addition of cast member Andrew Goldman (Dice-Clay) may not have done much in retrospect for the show, I'll be damned if it didn't prove that he could actually act! I'm not kidding, he did a fine job! Dennis Ferrina, the Maimi Beach widows dream, so my (much older) ex used to tell me... I've been rooting for him ever since this show. (And Midnight Run paid off!)Not sure yet on Law & Order.....


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

18 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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Crime Story See more »

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Mexico See more »

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(42 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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