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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Dennis Farina was a Chicago police officer, one of his partners was Chuck Adamson, the creator of 'Crime Story'. 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: 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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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Runaway
Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook
Performed by Del Shannon
©1961 Bug Music/Mole Hole Music/Unchappel Music
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Awesome show
27 December 2006 | by crime_storySee all my reviews

We just bought the entire two seasons on DVD and are reliving seeing the show in 1986. It's like a page turner. I'm starting to look like a zombie for watching the episodes late at night. If anybody thinks "CSI", "Law&Order", whatever would have been possible without Crime Story, think again. Parts of Tarantino's films are looking like they have been taken right out of this show. I just love it. It is a pity that there are not more comments here.

There are rumors that there might eventually be a remake. Well as I happen to think that "Manhunter" said all about the Red Dragon, I just can't begin to imagine what "Crime Story" without Dennis Farina, Stephen Lang and Anthony Denison would look like. Nothing for me.


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