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In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders
In the Line of Duty The FBI Murders
Actors: Ronny Cox, Bruce Greenwood, Michael Gross, Doug Sheehan, David Soul
Director: Dick Lowry
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2005     1hr 32min

Studio: Platinum Disc Llc Release Date: 12/13/2005 Run time: 95 minutes

     
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Actors: Ronny Cox, Bruce Greenwood, Michael Gross, Doug Sheehan, David Soul
Director: Dick Lowry
Creators: David R. Kappes, Doris Bacon, Kenneth Kaufman, Mark Sennet, Michael Lepiner, Ooty Moorehead, Tracy Keenan Wynn
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Crime, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Platinum Disc
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 12/13/2005
Original Release Date: 11/27/1988
Theatrical Release Date: 11/27/1988
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

William F. (furmage) from APPLE VALLEY, CA
Reviewed on 5/24/2011...
This is a really good movie, keeps you watching till the end. All the cast do a super job of bringing this true story to life. 5 stars, all the way. David Soul and Michael Gross make a good pair in this movie.

Movie Reviews

A TRUE murder story.....TV at it's BEST!!
Seen Them All | SoCal Desert | 11/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a very realistic true story of a group of Florida FBI Agents on the trail of 2 bank robbers. The robbers lead "normal" lives with wives and Saturday Bar-B-Que's.....while during the week they are very violent bank robbers. The FBI finally tracks them down and a shoot-out on city streets finally takes the lives of the two robbers at the cost of a couple of Agents. Based on actual events this is a don't miss action TV movie."
Finally Out On DVD
Only-A-Child | 01/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Finally out on DVD, fans of true crime dramas and action films will really enjoy this 1988 made-for-television production. Based on actual events in Miami, Florida (I'm not sure how embellished), "In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders concerns a pair of military trained bank- robbers and the FBI task force who attempted to identify and apprehend them. This is a far cry from the fictional movies that attempt to glorify G-Men or violent criminals.

Both sides are portrayed in their real life bumbling glory as the robbers act stupidly and recklessly and the task force basically stumbles into them and is ill prepared for the confrontation. But this makes the story quite fascinating and if you connect with it you will probably want to watch it several times.

The film is structured as two parallel stories and what suspense there is stems from the viewers knowledge that the two stories will eventually intersect with each other, you just don't know how or when it will occur.

The strength of the film (besides its real life feel) is the characterization of the two robbers, played by David Soul and Michael Gross. Although their backgrounds are fragmentary, it appears that they bring out the worst in each other and their crime spree continues more for the adrenaline rush it provides. They begin to really get off on the violence and power, their crimes are almost random which tends to work in their favor as the investigation can find little logic or pattern behind their activities.

The film's weakness is the parallel story of the task force. This was a far cry from a cerebral Sherlock Holmes type investigation so you eagerly wait for them to cut back to Soul and Grace. The characterizations are generally shallow and weak so almost all viewers will end up identifying with the two criminals; even though they have a lot of mad dog qualities. Doug Sheehan is quite effective as the task force commander, but the Bruce Greenwood - Ronny Cox pairing (rookie and veteran) never really connects. Greenwood has gone on to do some amazing stuff under Atom Egoyan's direction, he obviously has far more talent than he shows in this role.

The violent climax is worth waiting for, although the violence is in real time, the confrontation has the slow-mo feel of a Sam Peckinpah production.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child."
Intense and very well made tv movie.....
T. M Rogers | Az United States | 05/29/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Based on the actual events that took place in 1985, The FBI Murders chronicles the events leading up to the largest FBI casualties ever suffered at one time in the history of the agency. Two well trained ex Green Beret buddies (played by David Soul & Michael Gross) team up and start robbing armored cars in Florida. Eventually they raise the stakes and start killing people during these robberies. The FBI tails these two and while attempting to arrest both men, one of the worst shoot-outs in law enforcement history ensues. When it's all over, several FBI agents are dead, there are several agents wounded and both suspects are shot and killed. This movie is made-for-tv, but it is still one of the hardest, most intense I've seen on network television. The ruthlesness and violence of these men is not toned down at all as in one scene, David Soul literally walks around looking for the surviving/wounded FBI agents and begins executing them on the ground. Highly recommended for fans of true stories or crime."