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Law and Disorder

Cops and Robbers

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Law and Disorder

Filmmaker Ivan Passer was a veteran of the mid-sixties Czech New Wave and a collaborator with director Milos Forman on such classics as Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen’s Ball. Eventually, he would helm the acclaimed hardboiled neo-noir Cutter’s Way (1981) starring Jeff Bridges and John Heard. 1974 saw the release of this comedy drama with Carrol O’Connor (“All in the Family”) as a cabbie and Ernest Borgnine as a Marine veteran hairdresser joining New York City’s auxiliary police to fight crime on the Lower East Side. Passer captures the grittiness of the then-current urban blight but, as the New York Times’ Vincent Canby put it, “The sense of alienation that grips the city at times seizes the film itself…always in fascinating ways. A film of less consistent intelligence would probably be destroyed by a scene so pricelessly funny it’s almost a specialty number, when the auxiliary policemen and their wives attend a lecture on rape by “the author of the best-selling book, ‘Sexual Deviations of the Seventies.'” Co-starring Karen Black, Jack Kehoe and Ann Wedgeworth.

Marc Edward Heuck discusses Law and Disorder on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Ivan Passer
Starring
Carroll O'Connor, Ernest Borgnine, Ann Wedgeworth, Anita Dangler, Leslie Ackerman, Karen Black
Year
1974
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
101 minutes

Cops and Robbers

Director Aram Avakian (who made the wonderfully infamous Terry Southern adaptation of novelist John Barth’s End of the Road) turned out this rambunctiously funny crime comedy that has all the on-location goodness we’ve come to expect from seventies New York cinema. Joe Bologna and Cliff Gorman are two NYC cops, disgruntled at their workload and comparatively small salaries, who decide to pull a heist of millions of dollars worth of bearer bonds with the complicity of a local mobster. Needless to say, complications ensue. Screenwriter Donald Westlake adapted his own novel. With a crackerjack supporting cast that includes John Ryan, Joe Spinell and Dolph Sweet.

Marc Edward Heuck discusses Cops and Robbers on the New Beverly blog.

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Director
Aram Avakian
Starring
Cliff Gorman, Joseph Bologna
Year
1973
Rated
PG
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
89 minutes

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