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From the sight of a police officer this movie depicts the life in New York's infamous South Bronx. In the center is "Fort Apache", as the officers call their police station, which really seems like an outpost in enemy's country. The story follows officer Murphy, who seems to be a tuff cynic, but in truth he's a moralist with a sense for justice.Written by
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The experiences of real life former NYPD Detectives Thomas Mulhearn and Pete Tessitore served as inspiration for the original screenplay by Heywood Gould. It is reported that Paul Newman spent some time with Mr. Mulhearn, getting into character for Officer Murphy. Thomas and Pete, along with other ex-cops helped add to the authenticity of the experiences documented in "Fort Apache the Bronx". See more »
In the last scene, you can see the (non-extra) locals being held back in the background to give the illusion of a deserted area. See more »
Look on the bright side, though. We get our names in the papers, right? We're gonna be real serious on t.v. Hey, you know, with your good looks, maybe you get to ball an anchor lady.
Not with my luck. If it was raining anchor ladies, I'd get hit with Walter Cronkite.
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NBC edited 29 minutes from this film for its 1983 network television premiere. See more »
"You'll do better walking the beat in Beirut than you will here."
In the war zone of the South Bronx, the police of the 41st Precinct have the worst absentee record in the city, the most disability record claims, the least conviction per arrests, and there's nobody doing anything and the men aren't motivated
The first petition of the new captain Dennis Connolly (Ed Asner) was to make it clear that there is zero progress on the investigation on the murders of two policemen (killed on the opening of the film by an addicted hooker played nicely by Pam Grier). For the good officer the case must be cleared even if his men have to take extraordinary measures to clear it
Murphy (Newman) comes from three generations of cops All his friends are cops He gets drunk every night He is essentially honest and he doesn't trust anyone but his partner, Corelli (Ken Wahl). He is attracted to Isabella (Rachel Ticotin) who happens to be a heroin addict
The film turns dramatic first when a body is discovered after a fire Death was caused by injuries sustained in a fall Murphy and his partner witnessed the officer Morgan (Danny Aiello) throwing an innocent kid off the roof And second when narcotics dealers took a bunch of doctors, nurses and patients hostage
Paul Newman's performance is vulnerable, masking his sensitivity with arrogance and showing a flash of charm and humor It is a story of an ordinary cop finding the courage to stand up and be counted As portrayed by Newman he is touchingly believable
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