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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 / ... 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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(42 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Nate Grossman (Steve Ryan), a member of Torello's Major Crimes Unit, is based upon a real detective, of the same name, who worked with co-Creator Chuck Adamson and Dennis Farina. In real-life, Grossman was killed in the line of duty. See more »

Goofs

The Plaza Hotel wasn't constructed until 1971, but appears repeatedly in Vegas-based episodes. 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 Dallas: Crime Story (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Runaway
Written by Del Shannon (uncredited) and Max Crook (uncredited)
Performed by Del Shannon
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Michael Mann's 50s cop series from the eighties
30 July 2003 | by Alex-372See all my reviews

Crime Story was a strange, hard and often inspired tv series from the mid-eighties. It was made by the producer of Miami Vice, Michael Mann, and the cast is stocked with Michael Mann regulars - Stephen Lang, Bill Smitrovitch, Ted Levine and Dennis Farina (all except Ted Levine are in Manhunter).

Although Farina and his crew throughout the series chase after their arch nemesis, Ray Luca and his gang (Pauli Taglia, Frank Holman), the story comes in two parts. The first part, allegedly set in Chicago, the second set in Las Vegas.

Throughout the series, the director tries for a fifties, early sixties feel, even though that's tough to maintain. Great music, every episode is introduced by Del Shannon's "Runaway".

However, very often the focus is the psychological dynamic between Mike Torello (real-life Chicago cop Farina) and Ray Luca (played with a psychopathic coldness by Anthony John Denison). Torello may be on the right side of the law, but there is an equally uneasy quality about the doggedness with which he keeps going after Luca. What would his life be without him? Torello is also frequently tempted to cross the line and behave in a more effective, but illegal way himself.

If you haven't seen it, and you like Wise Guy, or the feel and look Michael Mann gives to his productions, don't miss this series. As this is a classic 80s series, there are also lots of cameos from familiar actors and actresses.


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