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Cop Hater
     

Cop Hater

Director: William A. Berke,

Cast: Robert Loggia, Gerald O'Loughlin, Ellen Parker

 
On a boiling hot night in the middle of a steaming New York summer, Detective Mike Reardon is on his way to work when he is shot down execution style. His fellow officers at the 87th, led by detectives Steve Carelli (Robert Loggia) and Mike Maguire (Gerald S. O'Laughlin), can't come up with a motive. The investigation has barely started when Reardon's young partner

Overview

On a boiling hot night in the middle of a steaming New York summer, Detective Mike Reardon is on his way to work when he is shot down execution style. His fellow officers at the 87th, led by detectives Steve Carelli (Robert Loggia) and Mike Maguire (Gerald S. O'Laughlin), can't come up with a motive. The investigation has barely started when Reardon's young partner Foster is ambushed and gunned down as well. Carelli and Maguire are the lead investigators on the double police homicide, tracing potential suspects and following up clues that all lead to blind alleys. Meanwhile, Miller, a reporter, does some investigating on his own and nearly gets a young detective killed by a street gang led by smart-mouthed punk Joe Sanchez (Jerry Orbach). Amid this chaos, Carelli tries to carry on a romance with a deaf-mute author named Teddy (Ellen Parker) and Maguire attempts not to neglect his wife too badly. Maguire is gunned down by the same shooter that killed the other two detectives, only he makes sure the killer leaves behind a few clues before he dies. Carelli can't make the pieces fit together -- the only thing that the three victims had in common was that they worked in the 87th Precinct and they were all cops. He begins wondering if the fact that they were all police officers was relevant to the killings, but not the motive. Looking for a story, Miller reports Carelli's private suppositions, suddenly putting Teddy in jeopardy. Not knowing that the shooter is a step ahead of him, the detective races to her home. Carelli breaks the case and discovers that only one of the murders had an actual motive, one much closer to home than anyone on the squad would ever have guessed.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
William Berke's Cop Hater was as new a type of police thriller as its source book, Ed McBain's Cop Hater, was a new type of police fiction. McBain (now equally well known under the name Evan Hunter) admitted that a major influence in his approach to the writing of police proceedurals came from the Dragnet radio show, and he took a somewhat similar approach in writing Cop Hater, immersing himself firsthand in the methods and operations of the New York City Police Department, although he set his 87th Precinct, the focus of his crime stories, in a mythical city. Additionally, his notion was that the precinct detective squad, rather than one or two of its members, would be the "hero" of this and subsequent books. The film Cop Hater focused a bit more on Detective Steve Carelli (Robert Loggia) than the novel did, but also contains 90 percent of the content of the novel, including much of the dialogue, some of it amazingly raw (only the direct references to sex and related matters are toned down or eliminated). Berke's movie, because it is a visual creation, shows the Dragnet influence more overtly than McBain's book, but melds it with a gritty New York setting and incorporates such realities of late-'50s urban life as street gangs (one led by a 22-year-old Jerry Orbach, playing a Latino thug) into its action with surprising deftness. Robert Loggia's portrayal of Carelli is more emotional than audiences were accustomed to in this kind of drama, and it made for some good verbal sparring between the various characters. The film also captures with great success the palpable frustrations of being a police detective, as well as incidental (but important) details, such as the brutality and tension-inducing characteristics of a New York City heatwave, and the mix of fear and tension that pervades the action. The presence of Loggia, Gerald S. O'Laughlin, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Vincent Gardenia, Jerry Orbach, and the rest of the mostly New York-based cast also helps give Cop Hater the look and texture of an episode of Naked City, a then-contemporary New York police series, but with nastier, grittier action.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2011
UPC:
0883904240198
Original Release:
1958
Source:
Mgm Mod
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:15:00
Sales rank:
49,944

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Loggia Detective Steve Carelli
Gerald O'Loughlin Mike Maguire
Ellen Parker Teddy
Shirley Ballard Alice Maguire
Russell Hardie Lieutenant Peter Byrnes
Gene Miller Hank Miller
William Neff Officer Bert Kling
Ted Gunther Detective Roger Haviland
Miriam Goldina Mama Lucy
Glenn Cannon "Rip"
Jerry Orbach Joe Sanchez
Hal Riddle Mercer
Lincoln Kilpatrick Dave Foster
Ralph Stantley Willis
Vincent Gardenia Danny Gimp
Johnny Seven William "Willie" Bronken
Alan Manson Frank Clark
John Gerstad Forensics expert
Steve Franken Teen in Line-up

Technical Credits
William A. Berke Director,Producer
J. Burgi Contner Cinematographer
Burgi J. Contner Cinematographer
Louis de Witt Special Effects
Albert Glasser Score Composer
Paul Heller Production Designer
Evan Hunter Original Story
Edward Johnstone Sound/Sound Designer
Henry Kane Screenwriter
Jack R. Rabin Special Effects
Vince Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Ed Sutherland Editor
Everett Sutherland Editor

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