Frank Capua is a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the big one--the Indianapolis 500. But to get there he runs the risk of losing his wife Elora to his rival, Luther ... See full summary »
From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. The story follows officer Murphy, who seems to be a tuff cynic, but in truth he's a moralist with a sense for justice.Written by
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Rachel Ticotin's character "Isabella" was partly inspired Thomas Mulhearn's long-time Puerto-Rican/Cuban girlfriend Venus Castano. She worked in a medical office and lived in situations similar to "Isabella" at the time of writing and production. Venus Castano actually auditioned for the role despite the personal connection to the character. Though, she wasn't cast, she appeared as an extra in several scenes, along with Thomas Mulhearn and their daughter Elizabeth. See more »
When Pam Grier (Charlotte) is about to cut her potential customer with a razor hidden in her mouth, the close-up shows she is about to strike on the gentleman's cheek. However after the strike, the shot goes to a far-away shot where the cut is further down the neck. See more »
What? You mean you're gonna leave me alone up here in the garden spot of the Western world?
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NBC edited 29 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »
Underrated, almost cinema vérité look at the "Bronx Zoo" of the 1970s
I was a bit taken aback when reading through the external reviews and seeing notable critics like Roger Ebert generally panning this movie. Not that it's a high water mark of film making, but a stylish, gritty, well-constructed movie, certainly.
The one major distracting element is Paul Newman. His performance is not at fault by any standards, in fact he was very good, but in this dark look at inner city dwellers and how they're prisoners of the crime and poverty that surrounds them, one of Hollywood's most notable actors just sticks out like a sore thumb. Again, not through any misstep that Mr. Newman might have made, but just simply because he is who he is: Too big to fit into a movie about little people.
Regardless, the movie is highly recommended for anyone wanting a unique look at inner city blight, the people who live in this setting and the men and women who try to protect them. There is nothing quaint about this movie, it is real and rough.
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