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Deadly Hero (1975)

When disturbed New York City (NYPD) cop Lacy rescues Sally, a beautiful cellist, from deranged crook Rabbit by shooting Rabbit in cold blood, he sets off a spark of publicity that brands him the city's hero.

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Ivan Nagy

Writer:

Don Petersen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Murray ... Lacy
Diahn Williams ... Sally
James Earl Jones ... Rabbit
Lilia Skala ... Mrs. Broderick
George S. Irving ... Reilly
Treat Williams ... Billings
Charles Siebert ... Baker
Hank Garrett ... Buckley
Dick Anthony Williams ... D.A. Winston
Mel Berger Mel Berger ... Arco
Virginia Sandifur Virginia Sandifur ... Ellie
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ... Captain Stark
Conchata Ferrell ... Slugger Ann
Tom Kampman Tom Kampman ... Hunter
Josh Mostel ... Victor (as Joshua Mostel)
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When disturbed New York City (NYPD) cop Lacy rescues Sally, a beautiful cellist, from deranged crook Rabbit by shooting Rabbit in cold blood, he sets off a spark of publicity that brands him the city's hero.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Not since "The French Connection" and "Death Wish" has a motion picture looked deep into the life and soul of the big city. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Troubled Times See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Production Co:

City Time Partners See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Randolph Evans was shot to death unarmed by a now-former NYPD officer (Robert Torsney) over a month after its New York City debut. Torsney would later be ruled not guilty by insanity, which is what Murray's Ed Lacy was somewhat. See more »

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There isn't any 21 Precinct in New York City Police Department. See more »

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Tantalizing Portrayal of a Man's Fall from Grace
12 August 2003 | by actionproSee all my reviews

'Deadly Hero' is another hidden gem from the 70s that did not receive the buzz it deserved, and instead hides within the bowels of so-called rare video stores or 2nd-rate rental places. That is truly sad, as this movie has the following in its favor: it is extremely well-done, it showcases some awesome acting ability, it is mastered very well (doesn't even look 70s), it features James Earl Jones in a strange but almost brilliant performance, it proves that Don Murray deserved the Academy Award after all, it has a most interesting soundtrack, and is well-written by anyone's standards.

The movie is about a well-liked man's fall from grace after an unfortunate incident. It requires the viewer to either side with the hero or with the hero's critics. It is a very interesting character study that will leave the viewer quite satisfied. This is why I give it 10/10.


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