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.
Did You Know?
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
George Mastin. He used to make obscene phone calls.
That was a long time ago!
Then his phone bill got too big, so he started putting his money into property.
Det. Bobby Crocker
That right, Georgie?
I own a few buildings...