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The Cops are Robbers
The Cops are Robbers
Actors: Steve Railsback, James Keach, Franc Luz, Robert F. Lyons, James Morrison
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
PG     2003     1hr 29min

A true story based on the best selling book by Gerry Clemente detailing the largest robbery in banking history ($25,000,000). It took the Boston Police and the FBI four and a half years to uncover sufficient evidence to ch...  more »


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Actors: Steve Railsback, James Keach, Franc Luz, Robert F. Lyons, James Morrison
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Live / Artisan
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/17/2003
Original Release Date: 08/17/1973
Theatrical Release Date: 08/17/1973
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 29min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Re: altered version
J. Bates | USA | 07/21/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Not to beat this topic to death, but here's a couple more comments. The present movie is far from being ruined. It's still enjoyable. The spirit and feel are still there. It's just that for those who have seen it and enjoyed it in its first form, the alterations are annoying and pointless and at the expense of the original total experience.

The original version was closer to 100 minutes in length. A few examples of the differences: the hospital scene was longer giving it more continuity; the interplay between the two cops in the supermarket was extended; there was a birthday party for the Bologna character's son, during which the cops discussed further their caper; classical violin music played during the entire bowling alley segment (which also had a few more scenes to it), almost to the point to where it was difficult to hear the dialogue; the final ending scene was the funeral for the Mafia chief, with a repeated slow camera pan of the faces of the mourners as the music played, not a still shot of the Bologna character floating in the pool.

Movies like this don't always appeal to a broad audience. However, once released, they shouldn't be tampered with for the sake of garnering a few more viewers. It's accepted practice (unfortunately) to heavily edit the content, format and length of movies for network television broadcast. But why would a studio release the television version on VHS and, especially, DVD? This is the format people buy to get the real McCoy - and hopefully more.
Back In the Day
MICHAEL J. DIPALMA | USA | 07/04/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"For someone that has been a NYPD COP BUFF since I was twelve, this movie is the HOLY GRAIL. Not only is it funny, it is New York funny.Make that NYPD-pre-Goodfellas Italian-American funny.
The look and dialogue are priceless. As the bad guys get away, Police Officer Joe Bologna tells his young partner..."WHO CARES!"
RIP, costar Cliff Gorman...Many NYC based actors.
One major flaw? In the last scenes the green/white/black old color scheme NYPD RMP.."Radio Motor Patrol.." Police Car changes at least 3 times..Since you are looking at the color you don't notice the bad editing but who cares?
If you love the NYPD and the 1970's NYC, you will love this movie..
OK..Mr. Eastpool?
Good Movie, Zilch Video
hemitbucket | 12/05/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Two New York City cops have had enough of the 'system' and decide on a high level robbery. This theme is presented in a somewhat light hearted manner along with interesting photography of the work-a-day person life.
With the video (and current tv version) the story line is still there. But apparently the plodding nature of the film prompted cutting and editing by someone who had little sense of the feeling and flow of the movie. Many scenes have been awkwardly shortened, remixed or completely removed. Hopefully an original copy still exists on the premium cable channels."
Gone,Good Bye !
hemitbucket | 06/23/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)

"Remember New York before Starbucks,Donald Trump,24 year old millionaire traders and Disney at Times Square? I sure do. This film has excellent location filming and emits a wonderful male midlife crisis in full bloom.Sex and crime go together,so I'm told.If you are over 35 and remember the early 70's,wide ties and funk,get this movie and go back...It's better than here!However this is the SAME bad edited version that has been on cable recenly.Does MGM video watch the movies they release? NO.NO,NO! Movie 4 stars,Video 1 star."