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Hickey & Boggs (1972)

Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.

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Robert Culp

Writer:

Walter Hill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Cosby ... Al Hickey
Robert Culp ... Frank Boggs
Ta-Ronce Allen Ta-Ronce Allen ... Nyona's Daughter
Rosalind Cash ... Nyona
Lou Frizzell Lou Frizzell ... Lawyer
Nancy Howard Nancy Howard ... Apartment Manager's Wife
Bernard Nedell ... Used Car Salesman
Isabel Sanford ... Nyona's Mother
Sheila Sullivan Sheila Sullivan ... Edith Boggs
Carmencristina Moreno Carmencristina Moreno ... Mary Jane (as Carmen)
Jason Culp ... Mary Jane's Son
Ron Henriquez Ron Henriquez ... Quemando: Florist
Louis Moreno Louis Moreno ... Quemando: Prisoner
Caryn Sanchez Caryn Sanchez ... Mary Jane's Daughter
Robert Mandan ... Mr. Brill
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Storyline

Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.

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Taglines:

They're not cool slick heroes. They're worn, tough men and that's why they're so dangerous. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hickey i Boggs See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Film Guarantors See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The football game Hickey & Boggs attend took place on 26 September,1971, between the L.A. Rams and the Atlanta Falcons, at the Coliseum. The game ended in a 20-20 tie (this was before the NFL introduced sudden-death overtime, to break most ties). The baseball game the pair attend took place several weeks before the football game; 18 August, at Dodger Stadium. The Mets beat the Dodgers, 3-2.. See more »

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Hickey and Boggs have to sneak into the football game disguised as ushers because the game is sold out yet there are quite a few empty seats, including entire rows, during the game. Sold out doesn't mean full seats just tickets sold. Companies buy blocks of tickets and don't always use them plus individuals might buy a ticket but don't make it to the game. See more »

Quotes

Frank Boggs: [Hickey and Boggs are loading their revolvers after a run-in with some heavies] Al... You ever kill anybody? In the United States? Because I know you mean it and everything, but I know these guys better than I know you. They're soldiers, that's all. No questions, no time to ask, no talk. Cops are worse, and less predictable. When you pull a gun, you've gotta be ready to kill somebody, and I'm telling you it's better to run.
Al Hickey: You finished?
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Connections

Featured in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.23 (2009) See more »

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Hickey & Boggs
Written and Performed by George Edwards
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gritty modern noir
8 July 2010 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

Fans of neo-noir should take note of Hickey & Boggs, made in 1972. It has a tart and tangy early script from the great Walter Hill and stars Bill Cosby and Robert Culp as two private dicks who are so down on their luck they can't afford to pay their phone bill. The I-Spy duo give excellent performances Bill Cosby is great. This is my favorite Cosby film. Robert Culp, recently deceased,also directed, and he shows a very sure hand behind the camera.

I was quite surprised by the quality of this film after hearing about it for a number of years. Hickey & Boggs has a gritty downbeat vibe and it feels more desperate and low-rent and real than most private detective movies. A forgotten gem from the 70s.This is certainly one of my favorite films.


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