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Deadly Hero (1975)

When disturbed New York City (NYPD) cop Lacy rescues Sally, a beautiful cellist, from deranged crook Rabbit by shooting Rabbit in cold blood, he sets off a spark of publicity that brands him the city's hero.

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Ivan Nagy

Writer:

Don Petersen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Murray ... Lacy
Diahn Williams ... Sally
James Earl Jones ... Rabbit
Lilia Skala ... Mrs. Broderick
George S. Irving ... Reilly
Treat Williams ... Billings
Charles Siebert ... Baker
Hank Garrett ... Buckley
Dick Anthony Williams ... D.A. Winston
Mel Berger Mel Berger ... Arco
Virginia Sandifur Virginia Sandifur ... Ellie
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ... Captain Stark
Conchata Ferrell ... Slugger Ann
Tom Kampman Tom Kampman ... Hunter
Josh Mostel ... Victor (as Joshua Mostel)
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Storyline

When disturbed New York City (NYPD) cop Lacy rescues Sally, a beautiful cellist, from deranged crook Rabbit by shooting Rabbit in cold blood, he sets off a spark of publicity that brands him the city's hero.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A young girl knows the truth. Now that truth is haunting her, and someone is hunting her. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Troubled Times See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

City Time Partners See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Randolph Evans was shot to death unarmed by a now-former NYPD officer (Robert Torsney) over a month after its New York City debut. Torsney would later be ruled not guilty by insanity, which is what Murray's Ed Lacy was somewhat. See more »

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There isn't any 21 Precinct in New York City Police Department. See more »

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Exciting psychological thriller
30 May 2001 | by hooahh71See all my reviews

This is a visualy exciting, if somewhat sleazy thriller. After saving a woman from a would-be kidnapper/extortionist, NYC cop Don Murray breaks down and stalks the woman he saved after she goes to the D.A. to change her testimoney, charging him with the "unjustified murder" of the perp.

Though he becomes the "bad guy," the viewer can't help but feel sorry for Murray's character as his world falls apart all around him. All because of one error in judgement. This film is an effective - if unintentional - indictment on big-city policing. Not through the cops' position, but society's, as we demand so much from the police, yet become so righteous when they accomplish the job they are tasked with. One strike against the film is the oh-so-superior, smug stereotypes of the white working-class. A plus, James Earl Jones' funny performance as the suave, but sinister perp. Great NYC photography.


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