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Joseph Wambaugh's best-seller about patrol-car cops in urban Los Angeles is given a competent yet antiseptic treatment by director Richard Fleischer. The film has a bad-tasting us-versus-them mentality in its depiction of patrolmen-civilian interaction, and its hopeless atmosphere carries over into the bleak suicide of one of the principle characters. But behind its rancid veneer, the story is the old "B"-movie police story concerning a rookie cop being shown the ropes by a kindly and wizened old veteran. Roy (Stacy Keach) is the young patrolman introduced into the ways of Los Angeles street life by Kilvinsky (George C. Scott), the philosophical old pro. Kilvinsky is just short of retirement and wants to educate Roy to succeed him when he leaves. Roy, however, is on the edge because of a recent divorce, and it takes many speeches by Kilvinsky and the love and affection from his new black girlfriend Lorrie (Rosalind Cash) to keep from going over the deep end. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


George C. Scott
as Sgt. Andy Kilvinski
Stacy Keach
as Roy Fehler
Jane Alexander
as Dorothy Fehler
Scott Wilson
as Gus
Rosalind Cash
as Lorrie
Erik Estrada
as Sergio
William Atherton
as Johnson
Carol Speed
as Martha
Mittie Lawrence
as Gloria
Roger E. Mosley
as Truck Driver
Burke Byrnes
as Phillips
Stefan Gierasch
as Landlord
Pepe Serna
as Young Mexican
James B. Sikking
as Sgt. Anders
Boyd "Red" Morgan
as Woodrow Gandy
Isabel Sanford
as Wilma
Ed Lauter
as Galloway
Anne Ramsey
Dolph Sweet
as Sgt. Runyon
Michael de Lano
as Ranatti
Clifton James
as Whitey


Richard Fleischer
Robert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
Joseph Wambaugh
Book Author
Stirling Silliphant
Quincy Jones
Composer (Music Score)
Boris Leven
Production Designer
Harry Reif
Set Designer
Arthur Piantadosi
Sound/Sound Designer
Dave Greyson
Del Acevedo