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Get Christie Love!
     

Get Christie Love!

Director: William A. Graham, Debbie Dozier, Teresa Graves, Harry Guardino

Cast: William A. Graham, Debbie Dozier, Teresa Graves, Harry Guardino

 

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The Dorothy Uhnak novel The Ledger was the basis of Get Christie Love! The title character, played by former Laugh-In regular Teresa Graves, is the first black woman to be hired by a big-city police force. Christie Love proves her value to her fellow officers by going undercover to smash a drug ring. First telecast January 22, 1974, Get

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The Dorothy Uhnak novel The Ledger was the basis of Get Christie Love! The title character, played by former Laugh-In regular Teresa Graves, is the first black woman to be hired by a big-city police force. Christie Love proves her value to her fellow officers by going undercover to smash a drug ring. First telecast January 22, 1974, Get Christie Love! served as the pilot film for the weekly TV series of the same name. That series ran from September 11, 1974 until July 18, 1975.

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Get Christie Love! had a lot going against it in terms of its ability to endure in popular culture. Not only was it part of the historically devalued blaxploitation genre, but it was also made for television, ultimately spawning a short-lived series. Yet it clearly had an impact -- there are references to it in both Reservoir Dogs and Austin Powers in Goldmember. A viewing of the film makes it easy to see why. Teresa Graves has charisma to spare in the title role, and our introduction to her character splendidly reveals her world view. While she's working undercover as a prostitute and quoting her rate to a prospective john, he dismisses her with the most hurtful of epithets for an African-American. Instead of going off on him, she playfully volleys the same insult back in his direction, adding the word "lover" on the end to underscore his hypocrisy. The grin plastered on her face says she doesn't give the little people the power to rattle her. Graves carries this above-the-fray approach throughout a standard cop narrative featuring a drug ring and the ledger that could blow it wide open, but that doesn't mean she's emotionally disconnected from it -- she repeatedly shows her quick thinking, her toughness, her loyalty and her commitment to doing what's right. However, it's her ready smile and spitfire nature that give the film its overall sunny feel. On a technical level, the film is no masterpiece. The editing can be distractingly bad. But the performances, even beyond Graves, are quite credible, and there are a couple memorable car chases, one featuring a head-on collision where it looks like someone should have gotten seriously hurt. Add in a surprise or two in the plot, and it's clear why modern-day viewers still get Christie Love!.

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Release Date:
11/22/2016
UPC:
0889290435224
Original Release:
1974
Source:
Film Detective
Time:
1:14:00
Sales rank:
15,775

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