Busting (1974)






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Due to widespread corruption in the police department, a couple of LA officers are assigned to arrest only neighborhood crime puppets rather than the bosses who are being protected. They soon attempt to go after the kingpins--even if it means disregarding the instructions of their superior officers. Robert Blake and Elliott Gould star in this action comedy/drama.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
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Written By: Peter Hyams
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On DVD: Aug 8, 1990
United Artists

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Critic Reviews for Busting

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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Forgettable Blake/Gould hippie generation flick

October 23, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

June 11, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Busting

A very cynical buddy cop movie from the seventies with some sharp, funny dialogue and real chemistry between the stars Elliot Gould and Robert Blake. A little known gem that Hyams virtually remade in the 80s as Running Scared.

xGary Xx

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Like so many other buddy cop films from the 70s, "Busting" is seriously misguided and bears all the trademarks of a director experimenting with social taboos. Plus, it's severely lacking in almost every aspect designed to make it an enjoyable experience. Elliot Gould and Robert Blake sleepwalk through their roles and have a laughably low amount of chemistry together, even though they do share a few great, but woefully short-lived scenes set in a public bathroom. As well, Peter Hyams' flatfooted direction cripples the film's pace, which is hurt even more by a boring and confused screenplay. "Busting" just takes way too long to get started and when it finally does, it completely unravels and falls apart when it reaches its silly, poorly executed finale, which is embarrassingly free of suspense. I usually like giving older, lesser known films a chance, but this one deserves to stay forgotten.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

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Pretty good cop drama/actioner. More great chases from Hyams. A little long in some sections though.

Brad West

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