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Cops and Robbers (1973)

PG | | Crime, Comedy | 17 August 1973 (USA)
Two disillusioned New York City policemen plan a ten million dollar robbery to fuel their low pensions, only to run into one debacle after another in the process.

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Aram Avakian
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Gorman ... Tom
Joseph Bologna ... Joe
Charlene Dallas ... Secretary
James Ferguson James Ferguson ... Liquor Store Clerk
Frances Foster Frances Foster ... Bleeding Lady
Gayle Gorman Gayle Gorman ... Tom's Wife
Walt Gorney ... Wino
George Harris II George Harris II ... Harry
Ellen Holly Ellen Holly ... Ms. Wells
Randy Jurgensen ... Randy
Martin Kove ... Ambulance Attendant
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... Rich Lady
Lucy Martin Lucy Martin ... Joe's Wife
Arthur Pierce Arthur Pierce ... Ambulance Attendant
Nino Ruggeri Nino Ruggeri ... Mr. Joe
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Storyline

Tom and Joe are disillusioned New York City cops who decide to pull off one big robbery and retire on the proceeds. Bearer bonds are what the local Mafia boss will buy, so that's what they go for. Central Park is the location for the switch. Can they come out of it with their lives and the money ? Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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They make $ 215.39 a week as Cops, and $10,000,000 in one day as Robbers. HOW DID THEY GET AWAY WITH IT? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Entimotatoi kleftes See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Kent Smith. See more »

Goofs

Belvedere castle in Central Park was closed for renovations until 1983. Mafia guy a top castle with binoculars. Movie's setting is early 70's. See more »

Connections

Featured in Mugshot: An Interview with Joe Bologna (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a World of Cops and Robbers
Words by Jacques Wilson
Music by Michel Legrand
Sung by Grady Tate
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Dig it, man! The crooked cops are the heroes... well, sort of.
18 January 2017 | by Ddey65See all my reviews

One night a New York City cop on the beat (Joe Bologna) goes into a liquor store and holds it up just to see if he could get away with it, and he does. The next day while caught in a traffic jam at the Long Island Expressway/Cross Island Parkway interchange, he brags to his partner (Cliff Gorman) about it, and from that point on, it's all about the money for the two of them. All to the cool mellow '70's soundtrack by Michael LeGrande, Jacques Wilson and Candy Tate.

Using a cops standard salary, and the economy as an excuse to justify it, they decide that if they're going to end their crime spree, they should make a hit so big, they won't have to rob anyone anymore. But the question is who? And the answer comes in the form of a round-up of some mobsters from New Jersey lead by crime family boss Pasquale Aniello (John P. Ryan). After they make bail, the two cops decide to approach the boss under the guise of an offer to pull a job for them. As it turns out, the mob wants to get them to rob some bearer bonds from a financial firm on Wall Street during a parade for the Apollo 11 Astronauts, then make an exchange with the mobsters in Central Park. The firm they rob cooperates with them, but as it turns out, they're not entirely so squeaky clean either.

This movie was released in 1973, but was shot in 1972 and evidently takes place in 1969. This skewed time-line seems to be the biggest flaw on the movie, not to mention a 1972 Plymouth Fury NYPD Special suddenly becoming another car a couple of times. The familiar landscape to those of us from the New York Tri-State area especially during that era, makes it worth seeing. I actually remember catching the end of this on some weekend afternoon on WNEW Channel 5 during the scene where Joe Bolonga and Cliff Gorman are hassled by a bunch of bicyclists in Central Park and Joe throws a middle finger at them... UNCENSORED!! This was from back in the day when local TV stations existed and were willing to show obscure movies at odd hours. The movie has been on my mind from time to time ever since. I'm glad I got myself a copy.


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