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The Blue Knight (1973)

Bumper Morgan is a veteran Los Angeles Police Department street cop. He is due to retire after twenty years on the job, but is not letting up on the criminal element on his beat.

Director:

Robert Butler

Writers:

Joseph Wambaugh (novel), E. Jack Neuman (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Bumper Morgan
Lee Remick ... Cassie Walters
Joe Santos ... Sergeant Cruz Segovia
Sam Elliott ... Detective Charlie Bronski
Eileen Brennan ... Glenda
Vic Tayback ... Neil Grogan
Anne Archer ... Laila
Lucille Benson ... Elmira Gooch
Ja'net DuBois ... Celia Louise
Mario Roccuzzo Mario Roccuzzo ... Harold Wagner
Jamie Farr ... Yasser Hafiz
David Moody David Moody ... Marvin Haywood
Gloria LeRoy Gloria LeRoy
Richard Collier
Kenneth Wolger Kenneth Wolger
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Bumper Morgan is a veteran Los Angeles Police Department street cop. He is due to retire after twenty years on the job, but is not letting up on the criminal element on his beat.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El caballero de azul See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Rudy Garcia: Don't you cops ever believe anybody?
Bumper Morgan: We keep trying
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Alternate Versions

Originally a six hour movie. Later edited into two hour format. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Blue Knight: Pilot (1975) See more »

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Bumper's last week
28 April 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Some of William Holden's best work from the 70s is in this made for TV movie The Blue Knight. It came out at the time that Joseph Wambaugh was being celebrated for his work involving police. The Blue Knight was a best selling novel and one of Wambaugh's best.

Holden perfectly captures the aging Bumper Morgan on the last week of his job hoping to go out on top against the criminals. A prostitute he knew from his beat is found murdered.

That in itself is interesting because police as a rule don't give too much attention to crimes against hookers. But Holden is apparently thought of enough that they make an effort on this one.

Holden is keeping company with college professor Lee Remick who would like to marry and settle down with him. Holden is at loose ends though contemplating his retirement.

Some praise should go to Sam Elliott as the homicide detective who is assigned the hooker case. He and Holden don't get along, but by the end respect each other. Also to young Sergeant Joe Santos who the following year would be another sergeant, Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files who serves kind of as Bumper's alter ego and better self.

What I liked best about this film is that we really have no idea what Holden's future will be. You can speculate for a week about it.

A Golden Globe for Lee Remick and an Emmy for William Holden as Best Actor to go with his Best Actor Oscar for Stalag 17. The Blue Knight is one of the best made for TV films out there.


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