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Brass (1985)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | TV Movie 11 September 1985
The Chief of Detectives of the New York Police Department, is a tough cop who has worked his way up the ladder from being on a beat. When a boyhood buddy and fellow officer finds himself ... See full summary »

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Corey Allen

Writers:

Roy Baldwin, Carroll O'Connor (as Matt Harris)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll O'Connor ... Frank Nolan
Lois Nettleton ... Claire Willis
Larry Atlas Larry Atlas ... Capt. Larry Jacobs
Samuel E. Wright ... Capt. Michael Shore
Jimmy Baio ... Tony Covello
Marcia Cross ... Victoria Willis
Begonya Plaza ... Rosa Garcia (as Begonia Plaza)
Vincent Gardenia ... Chief Mike Maldonato
Anita Gillette ... Sister Mary Elizabeth
Robert Brown ... Chief Shannon
Richard Bright ... Philip Stack
Wayne Tippit ... Police Commissioner Haines
Paul Shenar ... Schuyler Ross
Gary Howard Klar Gary Howard Klar ... Leland Brice
Al Mancini ... Gianni Farro
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Storyline

The Chief of Detectives of the New York Police Department, is a tough cop who has worked his way up the ladder from being on a beat. When a boyhood buddy and fellow officer finds himself facing dismissal, the Chief finds himself at odds with his fellow officers. Meanwhile he is also working two cases involving the murder of senior citizens and a series of homicides occurring after kidnappings. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Police Brass See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Orion Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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At the 20 minute mark a thug mentions "Hauser Street" on the telephone. Carroll O'Connor played "Archie Bunker" on "All In The Family" and "Archie Bunker's Place" and lived at 704 Hauser Street. See more »

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The Chief of Ds
2 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In between his successes with All In The Family and In The Heat Of The Night, Carroll O'Connor did this pilot film for another series Brass. In this he plays the NYPD's Chief of Detectives or in police jargon the Chief of Ds.

There are two parallel stories in this pilot, one concerns the killing of several people in a parking lot, similar to the CBS killings. The one ultimately responsible thinks he's too big to touch and he's got a lot of juice.

The second one is more interesting. Some senior citizens are being shot with a low calibre 22 pistol, the best not to give out too much noise allowing for the perpetrator. The detectives assigned fell down on the job and my favorite scene in the film was O'Connor dismissing them. He takes over personal investigation of the case, a lot like the way Rock Hudson did in McMillan&Wife.

Brass had a lot of promise, but I've seen other promising pilots get rejected also. It really is a crapshoot as to what gets picked up and what doesn't I've felt for years.

But on the other hand if this had been successful we might never have seen Carroll O'Connor defending law and order in Sparta, Mississippi.


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