Hickey & Boggs (2000)




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TV's "I Spy" team of Robert Culp and Bill Cosby is reunited in this tale of murder, mobsters and bank robbery. Nyona: Rosalind Cash. Mary Jane: Carmen. Brill: Robert Mandan. Papadakis: Vincent Gardenia. Ballard: Michael Moriarty. Rice: Lester Fletcher. Lt. Wyatt: James Woods. Written by Walter Hill. Culp directed.
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Robert Culp
as Frank Boggs
Bill Cosby
as Al Hickey
Sheila Sullivan
as Edith Boggs
Isabel Sanford
as Nyona's Mother
Ta-Ronce Allen
as Nyona's Daughter
Lou Frizzell
as Lawyer
Nancy Howard
as Apartment Manager's Wife
Bernard Nedell
as Used Car Salesman
as Mary Jane
Louis Moreno
as Quemando, prisoner
Ron Henriques
as Quemando, Florist
Cary Sanchez
as Mary Jane's Daughter
Jason Culp
as Mary Jane's Son
Robert Mandan
as Mr. Brill
Denise Renfro
as Brill's Daughter
Vincent Gardenia
as Papadakis
James Woods
as Lt. Wyatt
Syl Words
as Mr. Leroy
Joe E. Tata
as Coroner's Asst.
Jerry Summers
as Bledsoe
Dean Smith
as Bagman
Matt Bennett
as Fatboy
Keri Shuttleton
as Playground Kid
Wanda Spell
as Playground Kid
Winston Spell
as Playground Kid
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Critic Reviews for Hickey & Boggs

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

"Hickey and Boggs" is not involved in a story or with characters really worthy of a full theatrical treatment.

Full Review… | May 21, 2014
New York Times
Top Critic

Suffers through audience never being entirely certain as to the identity of some of the characters.

Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Top Critic

This was Culp's only venture into movie directing, and he handles the assignment well, and he and Cosby are both credible in their roles.

Full Review… | May 21, 2014
TV Guide

Walter Hill wrote this tough, uncompromising story of two down-on-their-luck private eyes. Marks a career high for both stars of TV's I Spy. Another of those overlooked 1970s gems that's ripe for rediscovery.

February 2, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Not a pretty story, but it should bring a smile to Peckinpah.

Full Review… | December 7, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Hickey & Boggs


Gave it a spin off the TiVo and a cable recording after reading a friend's blog reviews of it, and I have to say that I was pretty impressed. Cosby and Culp manage a nicely bleak feeling from start to finish. Well worth a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Entertaining detective duo film notable for a young James Woods, Michael Moriority, Isabelle Sanford and others in this fast paced crime suspense drama. Being partial to lead actors Cosby and Culp, I found the movie worth a watch. Robert Culp also directed this private investigator story. Bill Cosby and Robert Culp are united again as private eyes (U.S. government agents in the very popular TV series "I Spy") in this Walter Hill-scripted film. Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string a deaths. Ex-police themselves, they know all the tricks. Set in Los Angeles, the city of parking meters, Culp puts a paper bag over a parking meter everywhere the team drives to keep from getting a ticket. Lots of amusing lines written into the script keep this suspensful film rolling. Although neither can shoot, the detective team of Hickey and Boggs carry long barrel guns to a shoot-out. These guys are way over their head when it comes to the gang they mess with. But they are not superhuman or super detectives as they are constantly in fear of losing their detective licenses. The police have them in for questioning more than the criminals on the streets. You'll find this a most upbeat though realistic look at detective life in a big city. While the dialog is fast and the plot difficult to follow due to the slang and numerous characters involved, just watching this team in action is fun. The cast has recognizable faces like Michael Moriarity, James Woods and a few others more known today. Young Bill Cosby is nothing physically like his older self today and he is sharper too. Robert Culp also turns in a fine performance as well. But these guys are much younger than today and the film is better for it. Cast Bill Cosby (as Hickey, comedian, I Spy, The Cosby Show) Robert Culp (as partner P.I. Boggs, I Spy, tv actor mostly) Rosalind Cash (tv actress, movies include Klute, Omega Man) Michael Moriarty (of TV's Law & Order, Bang the Drum Slowly) Isabel Sanford (best known for tv sitcom Mrs. Jefferson in The Jeffersons) James Woods (veteran actor and police lietenant) Crew Cinematographer: Bill Butler Composer: Ted Ashford Editor: David Berlatsky Director: Robert Culp Screenplay: Walter Hill Associate Producer: Joel Reisner Producer: Fouad Said Costume Designer: William Ware Theiss

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monsieur rick

A real surprise and a real treat, especially to see Cosby play it straight. Very well told story that played out very quickly with quick cuts and quick lines. If you are into film noir, this isn't too bad and one of the better modern ones.

Ken Doers
Ken Doers

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