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Law and Disorder (1974)

In the crime-ridden 70's New York City, two cops have had enough. They, along with few other disgruntled people decide to take the things into their own hands only to realize too late that they're in over their heads.

Director:

Ivan Passer

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Tzvi Fishman (as Kenneth Harris Fishman), Ivan Passer | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Willie
Ernest Borgnine ... Cy
Ann Wedgeworth ... Sally
Anita Dangler Anita Dangler ... Irene
Leslie Ackerman ... Karen
Karen Black ... Gloria
Jack Kehoe ... Elliott
David Spielberg ... Bobby
Joseph Ragno ... Peter (as Joe Ragno)
Pat Corley ... Ken
J. Frank Lucas J. Frank Lucas ... Flasher
Edward Grover ... Capt. Malloy (as Ed Grover)
Pepper Wormser Pepper Wormser ... Yablonsky
Lionel Pina ... Chico
Gary Springer ... F.U. Kid
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During the 1970s, New York City is plagued by a wave of crimes. Fed up with the situation and with the police's inaction, friends Willie and Cy complain to the local police precinct. Police captain Ed Malloy explains that his forces are stretched thin and cannot be everywhere all the time. He suggests that residents from various neighborhoods join the Police Auxiliary Force and patrol their own neighborhoods themselves. Willie and Cy organize a large group of volunteers from their neighborhood into a police auxiliary force. They are issued with uniforms and batons but no firearms. However, the resourceful men get hold of various personal firearms and even manage to obtain a few walkies-talkies. Later, Cy obtains a disused police car and paints the auxiliary police insignia on it. The patrol car also has a police radio installed. During the day, Willie and Cy go to their normal day jobs but at night they meet the other auxiliary policemen and patrol the streets of their neighborhood. ... Written by nufs68

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Willie and Cy are buddies having the laugh of their lives playing amateur cops...but it's no laughing matter! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Grand Street See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Cy: If the police can't protect us, then it's our constitutional duty, under the Constitution of the United States, to protect ourselves!
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Alternate Versions

In the Anchor Bay DVD/VHS release, the scene where Cy shows Willie the hot police car he bought is cut a bit. In the original theatrical version, after Cy shows Willie the siren, Cy then shows Willie some stickers he is going to put on the car to make it look like an authentic police car, this part is missing in the home versions. See more »

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Law and Disorder (1974) **1/2
26 November 2006 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

It's a weird thing about this comedy-drama. I first saw it as a kid back in 1975 where it played almost constantly on HBO and was one of the first movies I ever recall seeing on cable TV. At the time I thought it was damn funny and ever since it became somewhat of a lost film until Anchor Bay released it to DVD several years ago. I couldn't wait to see it again. But when I finally revisited it on disc, I'd found that much of the magic had gone and I didn't think it held up quite as well. It's worth watching for sure if you're a fan of Carroll O'Connor or Ernest Borgnine, but still stacks up as kind of a slightly lost opportunity.

In this movie, O'Connor is a cab driver (and doing his usual Archie Bunker routine even though I think he was trying to prove he wasn't typecast) and Borgnine is his longtime best friend and a struggling hairdresser who owns his own salon (how's that for bizarre casting?). Karen Black is cast as Ernie's ditzy and belligerent employee, the best hair stylist he's able to find. Dwelling with their heads just barely above water in a typical '70s crime-infested New York City, the men become fed up with it all and decide to become auxiliary cops in order to help straighten the neighborhood out from the wrath of drug dealers, burglars and street scum. They get more than they bargained for in the end, which is the best part of the film, and a very strong climax.

While this team-up would seem to be a sure-fire winning combination and set-up, the "story" as it's presented is practically non-existent and all over the place, which is kind of a shame. Golden moments and funnies do show up in odd places, but these share the screen time with all sorts of plot holes and different, undeveloped ideas. Worth a watch anyway if you can see it, but this could have been a lot better. **1/2 out of ****


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