Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria)
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get these damn hippie cops off my squad!
This zany crime flick (oddly based on a true story) is not only super fun, but super influential to others in the genre. We wouldn't have our Untouchables or 21 Jumpstreets without the Super Cops.
Based on a true story, the 1970's may have been the last decade when something like this could have actually happened.
Hillarious cop buddy flick from Shaft director Gordon Parks. Two rookie cops (soon to be christened Batman and Robin)want to climb the career ladder by busting drug pushers on there own time. These two mavericks make Serpico look like a bent coppers as they struggle with the politcs involved within the NYPD.
Make Starsky and Hutch look like a pair of prags
The Anti Serpico if you will based on the true life events surronding two rookie New York Cops who beat the system and did things in thier sometimes own rather wacky way.
Greenberg and Hantz are two rookie cops who take on drug dealers in their spare time much to the chagrin oftheir superiors who see them as nothing but trouble.
When they are fiannly assingned a police station their captain takes a shine to their biazzare methods and gives then carte blanche to run down a brotherhood of drug dealers praying on the area.
The film works because its help by two great central performances from David Selby and Ron Leibman as the two cops, they really have a natraul rapport and in some parts the film is very very funny.
Its also works beacuse the director is Gordon Parks who directed Shaft and knows how to use the New York loacations to his best advantage.
Released the same year as "Serpico", this true story of two rookie cops who buck a corrupt and apathetic police department to clean-up the streets of NYC. Though the story deals with the serious issues of drug crimes and police corruption, the film is breezy and entertaining, as compared to the much more strident = "Serpico". Although "Serpico" is clearly the better film, "The Super Cops" manages to hold it's own in it's own offbeat way. A terrifically entertaining and smart film that deserves better than cult status.
This is quite an excellent buddy cop movie that manages to not come off as overtly silly. It actually has a sort of bizarre feeling going on throughout, never quite nailing what kind of tone it wants to establish and carry through, but it's enjoyable enough to be overlooked. There aren't any fantastic performances, per se - everybody just seems to be having a good time, but when the odds are being stacked against the "Batman and Robin" pairing, you do want to root for the guys. It's interesting to note that this was written by Lorenzo Semple Jr., who wrote the Batman and Robin television series, and also features an appearance by Pat Hingle, who would go on to play Commissioner Gordon in the first four Batman films. The Warner Archive is due to be release a disc of this in the future, so keep an eye out for it if you get the chance.
Love this Gordon Parks (Shaft) 70's buddy cop adventure. Very over the top - probably where they got the idea fo Starsky and Hutch.