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In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988)

Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | TV Movie 27 November 1988
Florida 1985: A series of brutal robberies and murders keeps the F.B.I busy. Although all crimes seem to be comitted by the same group, they can't hunt them down. The experienced officer ... See full summary »


Dick Lowry
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronny Cox ... Agent Ben Grogan
Bruce Greenwood ... Agent Jerry Dove
Michael Gross ... William Russell Matix
Doug Sheehan ... Agent Gordon McNeill
David Soul ... Michael Lee Platt
Ronald G. Joseph Ronald G. Joseph ... Ed Mireles
Teri Copley Teri Copley ... Vickie
Richard Jenkins ... Detective Hamill
Peter McRobbie ... John Hanlon
Anne Lange Anne Lange ... Sandra
Katie Layman Katie Layman ... Liz Mireles (as Kathleen Layman)
Deborah May ... Elaine McNeill
Becky Ann Baker ... Carol Ann (as Becky Gelke)
Randal Patrick Randal Patrick ... Agent Ron Risner
Ashton Wise Ashton Wise


Florida 1985: A series of brutal robberies and murders keeps the F.B.I busy. Although all crimes seem to be comitted by the same group, they can't hunt them down. The experienced officer Ben Grogan and his youngest colleague Gordon finally have to rely on their luck when they set up a trap. The chase results in a massacre... Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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It's 1986, and a small, tranquil Florida town is being rocked by a wave of vicious serial murders


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Did You Know?


Richard Jenkins and Peter McRobbie later appeared in And the Band Played On (1993). See more »


During the shootout between the FBI and Matix and Platt, Mike Platt is crouching in front of the brown sedan (in a far shot), but in the very next shot, Platt gets up off the ground and then crouches in front of the car again. See more »


Agent Gordon McNeill: As far as descriptions: all we have is two males, ages and race unknown. Height 5'10 to 6 feet. weight 170 to 200 lbs
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Alternate Versions

DVD from Platinum Disc is edited, missing out on the following scenes:
  • A scene of dialogue on the beach that occurs before the group picture.
  • A scene in the shooting gallery where Gordy asks Grogan if he's good with the gun without wearing glasses.
  • A scene where one FBI agent loses his revolver after drawing it from the holster during the vehicle chase and placing it between his knees. During the subsequent crash, he lost it out the door and was never able to recover it during the fight.
  • A scene that occurs before the FBI raid at the camp. Mike tells Bill "Let's go to work!", places a clip in his mini-14, and they both get into the stolen gold Monte Carlo.
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Followed by In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (1992) See more »

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Excellent, chilling movie
21 January 2004 | by kevin27See all my reviews

I first saw this TV movies years ago, and was as intrigued as everybody else by the casting of David Soul and Michael Gross.

Although I haven't seen it for some years, and didn't know the name, I felt compelled to hunt it down on IMDB to make a comment. As well as being outstanding in the action sequences, particularly the ultimate shootout, it was particularly notable for portraying the wrongdoers as unsentimental killers. These murders live with one years after having seen the movie. The makers achieve this not by lingering over the badness of the villains, but by showing them dispatching their victims lightly, unhesitatingly.

Good, skillful movie.

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27 November 1988 (USA) See more »

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