Crime Story (1986–1988)
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Chicago Major Crime Unit, led by no-nonsense lt. Torrello, stops a team of robbers, but the leader escapes. Torrello suspects Ray Luca, a mobster on the rise. He also deals with idealistic public defender Abrams, who opposes his methods.

Director:

Abel Ferrara

Writers:

Chuck Adamson (creator), Gustave Reininger (creator) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Farina ... Lt. Mike Torello
Tony Denison ... Ray Luca (as Anthony Denison)
Bill Smitrovich ... Det. Danny Krychek (as William Smitrovich)
Steve Ryan ... Det. Nate Grossman
Billy Campbell ... Det. Joey Indelli (as Bill Campbell)
Paul Butler Paul Butler ... Det. Walter Clemmons
Stephen Lang ... Atty. David Abrams
Joseph Wiseman ... Manny Weisbord
Darlanne Fluegel ... Julie Torello
Jon Polito ... Phil Bartoli
Johann Carlo ... Cori Luca
William Russ ... Det. Wes Connelly
Eric Bogosian ... Dee
Martin Ferrero ... Ignacio
David Caruso ... Johnny O'Donnel
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Storyline

Chicago's Major Crime Unit, that can operate slightly outside the law and is led by hardboiled lieutenant Mike Torrello, stops a violent team of armed robbers one night, but their leader escapes. Torrello suspects the head to be Ray Luca, a young ruthless and ambitious mobster on the rise. Luca soon convinces Johnny O'Donnel, one of the people Mike cares for, to join his crew, but this ends up having deadly consequences. Mike must also deals with idealistic public defender David Abrams, who highly disapproves of Mike and his team's sometimes borderline vigilante methods. However, Luca sees this as Abrams' weakness and uses it to get on Abrams good side, by pretending to be clean. However, Luca still has to follow orders of his higher-ups, even though he's trying to remove their influence over him.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The jewel robbery using the underwater cutting bar is based on a real jewel robbery masterminded by 'John Santucci' who was a "Technical Consultant" as well as playing Paulie. See more »

Goofs

During one scene as Torello sits unmoving at his desk talking to the MCU officers, the medallion on a chain around his neck change position several times. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Mike Torello: Listen to me, you big dummy. I'm a cop. I make $12,000 a year, and I'm the highest paid guy on this street. I got $3.65 in my pockets. You want me to, I'll take up a collection. You want a million dollars, you gotta wait!
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Twistin' The Night Away
Written by Sam Cooke (uncredited)
Performed by Sam Cooke
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Chemistry of Farina and Denison makes this a 10
20 June 1999 | by enviroSee all my reviews

From the driving opening credits moving to the classic Del Shannon hit "Runaway", you know Michael Mann (Miami Vice) has produced a top-notch crime drama.

Dennis Farina breaks into the mainstream, recreating for Hollywood what was his first career as a Chicago cop for 20+ years. Needless to say, he is a natural at playing the nemesis to the mob figure heads of the early 60's period in the movie.

Anthony Denison plays Ray Luca, a small-time mobster starting to make it to big-time organized crime. The movie is about the Chicago mob cops trying to thwart the bold moves of the rising mobs.

The movie and subsequent tv series were produced by Michael Mann, the creator and producer of Miami Vice. However, I think you will find Crime Story to be the more outstanding of the two efforts.


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