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The Return of Ironside (1993)

TV-PG | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 4 May 1993
Chief Ironside has just retired and is looking forward to running his vineyard with his wife. But his retirement is interrupted when his old friend and colleague Ed Brown, who is now ... See full summary »

Director:

Gary Nelson

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Collier Young (characters), Rob Hedden | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Raymond Burr ... Robert Ironside
Don Galloway ... Ed Brown
Barbara Anderson ... Eve Whitfield
Elizabeth Baur ... Fran Belding
Don Mitchell ... Mark Sanger
Dana Wynter ... Katherine Ironside
Perrey Reeves ... Suzanne Dwyer
Eddie Jones ... Fisette
Jeff Kaake ... Mike Quinn
Derek Webster ... Jerry
Cliff Gorman ... Joe McManus
Robin Sachs
Scott Patterson ... Gillette
Ed Lauter ... Chief Bell
Chuck Booms Chuck Booms
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Storyline

Chief Ironside has just retired and is looking forward to running his vineyard with his wife. But his retirement is interrupted when his old friend and colleague Ed Brown, who is now working for the Denver police department comes to him and asks him to fill in the vacancy left by the untimely death of the Chief. Ironside does so but with condition that it will only be temporary. But things are further complicated when Suzanne Dwyer the daughter of his old friend and colleague, Eve Whitfield is the prime suspect in the murder of her boyfriend, Mike Quinn, whom she suspected was seeing someone else. Though Ironside refuses to believe that Suzanne is guilty; the evidence is all against her. So, Ironside's other old friends, Mark Sanger and Fran Belding come to Denver to help. It also seems that this whole matter could be connected with previous Chief's (death) murder, and also seems that someone in the department is responsible. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Chef kehrt zurück See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

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1.33 : 1
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29 August 2004 | by estabansmytheSee all my reviews

Raymond Burr was a great actor. He could say more with a glance, an exhale or a wry smile than most actors could with an entire soliloquy and some who have been given entire one-person plays.

To see him reprise his second greatest role, as Chief Robert T. Ironside was most enjoyable. It was also bittersweet as it's obvious that he's thinner here than the recent Perry Mason films he made. He had cancer and he knew he didn't have a lot of time, so he brought his friends from the TV show together one last time.

The plot is rather contrived, but that really doesn't matter a whole lot. There's a definite comfort in seeing the old gang together one more time. It's like when the surviving Beatles got back together in the mid-'90s. You knew they weren't going to create the type of revolutionary music they were making in the mid-60s. There would be no Revolver or Sgt. Pepper, but no one really cared. It was just so damn nice seeing and hearing them playing together one more time, although Free As A Bird and Real Love were very nice records, indeed. The same can be said of this TV movie.

What adds to the enjoyment is that they've all aged so very nicely. Barbara Anderson looks better than she did in the series, and I'd kill to see Liz Bauer on the tube on a regular basis again. There was just something special about her that I liked very much. And she's also an incredible beauty - she was in the 70s and she was in the 90s. Don Galloway and Don Mitchell provide solid co-star support, as usual. A longtime fave, Dana Wynter adds an elegant mature presence as the chief's wife.

But it's Raymond Burr who is the show. I miss his wise, knowing presence on the small screen a great deal. But I am delighted that he was able to reprise this beloved role at least one final time.


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