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The Police Connection (1973)

The Mad Bomber (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1973 (USA)
Los Angeles detectives Minelli and Blake must track down a serial rapist who may know the identity of a mentally disturbed bomber.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

Bert I. Gordon (screenplay), Marc Behm (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Edwards ... Lieutenant Geronimo Minneli
Chuck Connors ... William Dorn
Neville Brand ... George Fromley
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Inspector Blake
Christina Hart ... Fromley's Victim
Faith Quabius Faith Quabius ... Martha
Ilona Wilson Ilona Wilson ... Mrs. Fromley
Nancy Honnold Nancy Honnold ... Anne Dorn
Ted Gehring ... Police Chief Marc C. Forester
Jeff Burton ... Sgt. Gribble
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Miss Roman
Paula Mitchell Paula Mitchell ... Shelly the Stripper
Cynthia MacAdams Cynthia MacAdams ... Mrs. Dorn (as Cynthia McAdams)
Brett Hadley Brett Hadley ... Vice Squad Officer
Royce D. Applegate ... Man in Car (as Roy Applegate)
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Storyline

William Dorn decides to get back at all the people he blames for the overdose death of his daughter and the break up of his marriage, so he decides to go on a bombing spree. His first target is his daughter's old high school, which he all but destroys. His next target is the mental hospital where his daughter was when she died and his final target is the feminist organization his ex-wife was a member of. However, during his attack on the hospital there are two people who witness this action, a creepy rapist named George Fromley and his victim, a young mute girl. When police detective Geronimo Minelli is assigned to the case he must find Fromley not only to keep him from striking again, but to keep him alive before the Dorn makes him his next victim. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Taglines:

THE MAD BOMBER - He's blowing up the town piece by piece. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Police Connection See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

College Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Also released under the title The Mad Bomber. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[man throws cup on sidewalk]
William Dorn: You just littered the street.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: But it was empty.
William Dorn: Well, I want you to go back and pick up your trash.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: What?
William Dorn: I said I want you to go back and pick it up.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: Like hell I will.
William Dorn: It's people like you that make our world filthy my friend. You're a pig! Did you hear what I said? Tell me.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: It's people like me that make our world filthy, I'm a pig.
[...]
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Current (2005) DVD releases have all nudity and much of the violence cut See more »


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Reaching Out
by Dan Yordan
Vocal by Nancy Honnold
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Great trashy fun.
30 May 2014 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

William Dorn (Chuck Connors) is an angry and disturbed man. Frustrated over the drug overdose of his daughter, he decides to strike back at anyone whom he's imagined was responsible for her death. But what he really wants to do is punish society at large. He'll even leave bombs at feminist gatherings. Determined to nail this paranoid villain is grouchy, hard nosed detective Geronimo Minelli (!) (Vince Edwards), the kind of guy who does anything it takes to get his man. That includes working with the one man who can identify Dorn, and HE turns out to be a rapist! George Fromley (Neville Brand) is loathe to cooperate with Minelli until he realizes what the cop is capable of.

Producer / director / screenwriter / cinematographer Bert I. Gordon (a.k.a. Mr. B.I.G.) is better known for his "giant monster" flicks of the 1950s, but this endlessly amusing pile of garbage that he's created deserves to be just as well known. He brings the sleaze in a major way; his movie is slow at times and crude, but undeniably a real hoot. Fans of 1970s exploitation will be delighted to note the abundance of nudity (provided by Ilona Wilson as Fromley's wife) and the wonderfully graphic gore. Of course, it's the acting that really brings this one to life. Edwards is good as the unrelenting protagonist, and Brand is a very effective creep. Hank Brandt, Christina Hart, and Ted Gehring co-star, but it's Connors who will command most of your attention. With an array of truly priceless facial expressions, he's a hysterically nutty bad guy. The icing on the cake is a music score by Michel Mention that's sometimes entertaining but is also hilariously AWFUL at other times. The movie establishes Dorn in a great way right up front, as he chastises a stranger for littering on the sidewalk.

Well worth seeing if you like your cop thrillers to be on the trashy side.

Seven out of 10.


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