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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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dennis Farina ...  Lt. Mike Torello 43 episodes, 1986-1988
Bill Smitrovich ...  Sgt. Danny Krychek / ... 32 episodes, 1986-1988
Steve Ryan ...  Det. Nate Grossman 31 episodes, 1986-1988
Billy Campbell ...  Det. Joey Indelli / ... 31 episodes, 1986-1988
Paul Butler Paul Butler ...  Det. Walter Clemmons 31 episodes, 1986-1988
Tony Denison ...  Ray Luca 29 episodes, 1986-1988
Stephen Lang ...  Atty. David Abrams 29 episodes, 1986-1988
John Santucci John Santucci ...  Pauli Taglia 28 episodes, 1986-1988
Joseph Wiseman ...  Manny Weisbord 18 episodes, 1986-1988
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brigada mòvil de Xicago See more »

Filming Locations:

Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico See more »

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Runtime:

(42 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Manny Weisborn (Joseph Wiseman), Miami crime lord, and Luca's mentor, was based on Meyer Lansky. Throughout the series, Weissborn is always making references to Lansky's New York City associates, like "Lucky" Luciano, "Bugsy" Siegel, and Frank Costello. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the filming of the series in Chicago, if you pay attention, you can see modern cars, billboards, etc. in the background of this series which takes place in the 1960s. 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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Al Kooper ... Guy who picks music for the show See more »

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Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Michael Mann (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Runaway
Written by Del Shannon (uncredited) and Max Crook (uncredited)
Performed by Del Shannon
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User Reviews

a great series!
24 October 2003 | by dtucker86See all my reviews

Michael Mann is a first class director. He is laser focused and always delivers in spades. He is the genius who directed the tv film The Jericho Mile and the film noir classic with Jimmy Caan Thief. I think he needs to be given credit for this HE DIRECTED THE FILM THAT IS BETTER THEN SILENCE OF THE LAMBS!!!!He directed Manhunter which was so unjustly overlooked when it was released, but has now on DVD been given the credit it deserves. Mann also directed Heat, The Insider and Ali. Before he did that however, he created the classic tv shows Miami Vice and Crime Story. These are the series that made tv crime shows "grow up" in a sense. It made them more gritty and realistic the way that The Untouchables and Dragnet did. Mike Torello on this show was just as tough and bad ass as Elliot Ness or Joe Friday! I loved the look of this series, it made you feel like you were back in that time where cars had finns, where rock and roll was king and where the good guys wore black! I loved the theme music for the show, it was Del Shannon's "Runaway" I always remember that song. Mike Torello against Ray Luca was almost like a morality play of good versus evil. The scripts were first class, and the actors never gave a performance that didn't rule. Dennis Farina had actually been a cop with Chicago Police Department and it amazes me that a man who never had an acting lesson could give such a fine performance in every show that he has been in! Crime Story wasn't a show for sissies, but it always delivered and kicked ass!


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