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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 »

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Gary Nelson

Writers:

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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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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Final acting project by Don Mitchell. See more »

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Not bad but quite different from the original series
4 August 2009 | by midnight_raider2001See all my reviews

It's somewhat odd for fans of the original series to sit and watch this reunion movie. The entire original cast (including Barbara Anderson, who had quit the show after its fourth season) returns and their performances are the best thing about the film (along with Dana Wynter, written in as Chief Robert Ironside's wife). The show itself is not from the original production company, though -- it's from the team that brought you The Equalizer and the revival of Kojak. The producers' unfamiliarity with the series shows throughout. Ironside's permanent lower-half paralysis, which was emphasized in virtually every episode (sometimes in long sermons) is almost completely glossed over. The San Francisco setting, so important to the original, is mentioned only at the very beginning when Ironside finally retires. (Since the filming of this one was shoehorned between two Perry Mason movies in the winter of 2003, and those films were being done out of Denver to save money, the producers simply created a rather awkward Denver setting -- although the final fight aboard a snowbound train is a nice touch). Even Quincy Jones' celebrated theme song has been dropped from the opening and closing credits. Fortunately, the heavy-handedness of the series (there were so many human "moral" stories done on that show that even fans yearned for a regular crime drama once in a while) is also absent, although most viewers would have to watch the show several times to figure out what's going on.


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