Kojak (1973–1978)
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Siege of Terror 

A robbery of armored car guards morphs into a deadly hostage standoff, with bulldog Lt. Theo Kojak as the negotiator. Half the Talaba Brothers gang escapes with the cash, but when the other... See full summary »


William Hale


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Telly Savalas ... Lt. Theo Kojak
Harvey Keitel ... Jerry Talaba
Dan Frazer ... Captain McNeil
Kevin Dobson ... Det. Bobby Crocker
James Sloyan ... Jack Murzie (as James J. Sloyan)
William Hansen William Hansen ... Old Man Hostage
David Proval ... Calvelli
Jude Farese Jude Farese ... Mike Amazeen
John Garwood ... Frank Talaba
Bart Burns ... Deputy Commissioner
Rick Hurst ... Crew Cut Hostage (as Richard Hurst)
Ralph James Ralph James ... Albie Linnick
Jannis Durkin Jannis Durkin ... Woman Model Hostage
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Detective (as Allan Manson)
Arnold Soboloff Arnold Soboloff ... Mastin


A robbery of armored car guards morphs into a deadly hostage standoff, with bulldog Lt. Theo Kojak as the negotiator. Half the Talaba Brothers gang escapes with the cash, but when the other half is cornered, they invade a surplus store, crammed with guns and ammo. The robbers also have bargaining chips: the 5 people in the building, plus a badly wounded patrolman, who dove in the store to warn of the incoming robbers. While young Detective Bobby Crocker pursues the thieves who got away, his boss at Manhattan South, the dapper, bald Kojak smooth-talks Jerry Talaba to get the hostages out. Hothead Talaba demands a crewed, fueled 707 at JFK, or he'll start killing the hostages, then toss them out before the TV cameras and hundreds of spectators - one by one. Written by David Stevens

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One of the few western TV shows to be screened behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, aired on Polish television. Despite its' downbeat and gritty depiction of American society this move backfired on the Communist government as it proved incredibly popular, even New York in the doldrums of the 1970s still seeming glamourous in comparison to everyday life under the dictatorship. See more »


When the police dispatcher calls out that an armored car robbery is in progress, we see a squad car driving down a street very fast (apparently en route to the crime scene). As the dispatcher continues talking we see the inside of what is supposed to be the squad car shown a second ago. The camera is focused on the 2-way radio. In the lower left corner of the screen we see the accelerator pedal on the floor of the car but no human foot or leg near it. See more »


Detective: George Mastin. He used to make obscene phone calls.
Mastin: That was a long time ago!
Detective: Then his phone bill got too big, so he started putting his money into property.
Det. Bobby Crocker: That right, Georgie?
Mastin: I own a few buildings...
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Siege of Terror
4 April 2020 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The first episode of Kojak and the casting director has a smirk on his face.

A young Harvey Keitel plays one of the armed robbers who end up taking hostages in a store which also has a seriously injured cop.

As the robbers make their demands, Kojak plays negotiator to make sure everyone gets out alive.

This is a more gritty and violent affair. The thin line between the members of the public and the bad guys.

There is not much humour here, over time Kojak's character reflected its more kid friendly audience. After all I used to buy Kojak lollipops as a kid. They were blackcurrant flavoured and rather good.

I noted the robbers could not pronounce Kojak's name properly. It was also nice to see some New York location shooting.

There is an element of Dog Day Afternoon here with the hostage standoff. However that film would be released two years later.

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24 October 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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