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Law and Disorder (1974)

In the crime-ridden 70's New York City, two cops have had enough. They, along with few other disgruntled people decide to take the things into their own hands only to realize too late that they're in over their heads.

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Ivan Passer

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Tzvi Fishman (as Kenneth Harris Fishman), Ivan Passer | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Willie
Ernest Borgnine ... Cy
Ann Wedgeworth ... Sally
Anita Dangler Anita Dangler ... Irene
Leslie Ackerman ... Karen
Karen Black ... Gloria
Jack Kehoe ... Elliott
David Spielberg ... Bobby
Joseph Ragno ... Peter (as Joe Ragno)
Pat Corley ... Ken
J. Frank Lucas J. Frank Lucas ... Flasher
Edward Grover ... Capt. Malloy (as Ed Grover)
Pepper Wormser Pepper Wormser ... Yablonsky
Lionel Pina ... Chico
Gary Springer ... F.U. Kid
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During the 1970s, New York City is plagued by a wave of crimes. Fed up with the situation and with the police's inaction, friends Willie and Cy complain to the local police precinct. Police captain Ed Malloy explains that his forces are stretched thin and cannot be everywhere all the time. He suggests that residents from various neighborhoods join the Police Auxiliary Force and patrol their own neighborhoods themselves. Willie and Cy organize a large group of volunteers from their neighborhood into a police auxiliary force. They are issued with uniforms and batons but no firearms. However, the resourceful men get hold of various personal firearms and even manage to obtain a few walkies-talkies. Later, Cy obtains a disused police car and paints the auxiliary police insignia on it. The patrol car also has a police radio installed. During the day, Willie and Cy go to their normal day jobs but at night they meet the other auxiliary policemen and patrol the streets of their neighborhood. ... Written by nufs68

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Laugh until it hurts See more »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Grand Street See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Cy: If the police can't protect us, then it's our constitutional duty, under the Constitution of the United States, to protect ourselves!
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Alternate Versions

In the Anchor Bay DVD/VHS release, the scene where Cy shows Willie the hot police car he bought is cut a bit. In the original theatrical version, after Cy shows Willie the siren, Cy then shows Willie some stickers he is going to put on the car to make it look like an authentic police car, this part is missing in the home versions. See more »

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Crass satire of urban blight
21 May 2016 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Neighbors in a New York co-op join their local precinct's auxiliary police force to fight the crime dominating their once-peaceful neighborhoods. Any movie comedy attempting jokes on robbery and rape isn't going to be pretty, but it should be nimble enough to successfully tread the line between satire and the reality we see every night on the TV news. Director Ivan Passer, who also co-wrote this grossly exaggerated farce with Kenneth Harris Fishman and William Richert, isn't trying to make a statement on life in the Big City, he's just sending it up (the relatively sober conclusion is meant to be ironic, I suppose, but what's the point after all the cheap gags foisted at us?). The ugly conception of the jokes coupled with an ungainly presentation and broad performances quickly turn the film into a sour enterprise--an extension of the themes in "Little Murders" but with a sitcom undermining. Pairing Carroll O'Connor (then-hot from TV's "All in the Family") in a commercial enterprise with eternally-frustrated Ernest Borgnine must have seemed surefire, but only O'Connor comes through with a legitimate characterization (would you believe Borgnine as a beautician?). The supporting cast is encouraged to ham and mug, while the theme of the picture--urban decay--is treated shallowly for crass laughs. *1/2 from ****


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