Fuzz (1972)





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This comedy affectionately spoofs police dramas and boasts a screenplay by Evan Hunter, the real name behind the detective novels of "Ed McBain," whose works were extremely popular in Germany, giving rise to over thirty films. In this story, The Deaf Man (Yul Brynner) repeatedly targets local politicians for bombings, and detectives Carella, Meyer, Brown and King (Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, James McEachin and Tom Skerritt) are the policemen assigned to track him down. All are distracted by the charms of Detective McHenry (Raquel Welch). Though nothing runs smoothly at the stationhouse, the search continues.
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Burt Reynolds
as Detective Steve Carella
Raquel Welch
as Detective Eileen McHenry
Yul Brynner
as El Sordo
Jack Weston
as Detective Meyer Meyer
Tom Skerritt
as Detective Bert Kling
James McEachin
as Detective Arthur Brown
Steve Ihnat
as Detective Andy Parker
Charlie Picerni
as Chauffeur
Stewart Moss
as Detective Hal Willis
Dan Frazer
as Lt. Bymes
Neile Adams
as Teddy Carella
Bert Remsen
as Sgt. Murchison
H. Benny Markowitz
as Patrolman Levine
James Victor
as Patrolman Gomez
Roy Applegate
as Patrolman Cramer
Tom Lawrence
as Patrolman Crosby
Norman Burton
as Police Commissioner Nelson
Vince Howard
as Patrolman Marshall
Jake Lexa
as Patrolman Miscolo
Britt Leach
as Detective
Harold Oblong
as Detective
J.S. Johnson
as Telephone Technician
Harry Eldon Miller
as Police Garage Attendant
David Dreyer
as Mayor's Uniformed Guard
William Martel
as Mayor's Bodyguard
Cal Bellini
as Ahmad
Don Gordon
as LaBresca
Gary Morgan
as Jimmy
as Rochelle
Ron Tannas
as Dominick
Barry Hamilton
as Young Prisoner
Roy Morton
as Rapist
Felipe Turich
as Puerto Rican Prisoner
Gino Conforti
as Painter
Gerald Hiken
as Painter
Neile McQueen
as Teddy Carella
Peter Brocco
as Man with Garbage
Mia Bendixsen
as Little Girl
Christopher Wheeler
as Little Boy
David Fresco
as Vicenzo
Vincent Van Lynn
as Mayor Jefferson
Jack Perkins
as Parks Commissioner
Bunny Summers
as Mrs. Cooper
Russ Grieve
as Deputy Mayor
Cay Forester
as Mrs. Scanlon
Athena Lorde
as Mrs. Jefferson
Cynthia Lane
as Louise
Dominic Chianese
as Panhandler
Richard Stahl
as Vagrant
Larry Barton
as Bald Man
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Critic Reviews for Fuzz

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Fuzz

This is movie is set in Boston in the early 1970's. It's a comedy but it tries to be realistic. That's hard to do when the plot involves a group of killers extorting money from the city by killing members of the city government. If this were to happen for real it would be a major news story and the whole city would be shutdown till the criminals were caught. There are too many plot lines running through the movie that prevents the stars of the movie being on screen in much of the movie. If you have Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch in a movie in the 1970's, that's who you want to see on screen, not the supporting actors. The shows the technology the police were using in the 1970's. There are old fashion switchboards and rotary telephones. They use big bulky two-way radios to long antennas. The mayor used punched card auto-dial machines to make phone calls. The painters try to steal a bunch of old manual type writers. However they all looked like they came out of the 1940's. It would have been better if they had been using IBM electric typewriters from the 1960's. In 1970 those old manual typewriters would have been worthless. In the background of the outdoor scenes there are real life scenes of Boston with cars from the 1960's and 1970's. The clothes are not trendy so if someone wore the same clothes today they wouldn't look out of place. The movie is a mix of Dirty Harry and MASH. It tries but doesn't have any good jokes.

Donald White
Donald White

Ok, so Fuzz definitely won't win any awards for originality or even pushing the envelope, but it doesn't need to. It's one of the most enjoyable cop dramedies that Robert Altman never made. It really does feel Altmanesque to me at times (if there is such a thing). The word is that its two main stars, Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch, didn't get along so well during the filming. That may or may not be true, but I know that they don't really share any scenes together at all, so I couldn't see it as being a major problem. Apparently, the film is based on a series of novels by Ed McBain. There were some changes, as always, including giving the city an official place and setting, as well as pushing it into more comedic territory. It's tone is definitely not consistent, and it doesn't really succeed at any tone it's trying to settle on at the time, but it winds up being fun anyways. That's a pretty tough thing for a dramedy. Yeah it works, but the wheels do squeak a bit.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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So-so police comedy drama, not particularly fast moving. Somewhat interesting, just bland. Nothing special.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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