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The saga of a Chicago police detective's efforts to stop a young hood's ruthless rise in the ranks of organized crime.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Dennis Farina ...  Lt. Mike Torello 43 episodes, 1986-1988
Bill Smitrovich ...  Sgt. Danny Krychek / ... 40 episodes, 1986-1988
Steve Ryan ...  Det. Nate Grossman 40 episodes, 1986-1988
Billy Campbell ...  Det. Joey Indelli / ... 40 episodes, 1986-1988
Paul Butler Paul Butler ...  Det. Walter Clemmons 40 episodes, 1986-1988
Tony Denison ...  Ray Luca 38 episodes, 1986-1988
Stephen Lang ...  Atty. David Abrams 39 episodes, 1986-1988
John Santucci John Santucci ...  Pauli Taglia 37 episodes, 1986-1988
Ted Levine ...  Frank Holman 20 episodes, 1986-1988
Joseph Wiseman ...  Manny Weisbord 18 episodes, 1986-1988
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Storyline

Chicago, 1963. As head of the police department's Major Crime Unit, Lieutenant Michael Torello must deal with the city's most dangerous criminals. And possibly the most dangerous of all is Ray Luca, a young ambitious street hood who's out to gain wealth and power by whatever means - including theft, threats, extortion and murder. As Luca begins his ruthless climb up the ladder of organized crime, leaving a growing number of victims in his wake, Torello becomes more and more determined to bring him down. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crime Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(42 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Ray Luca (Anthony Denison) is based upon Chicago mobster Tony "The Ant" Spilotro. Spilotro also inspired Joe Pesci's character of Nicky Santoro in Casino (1995). By the same token, Andrew "Dice" Clay's character of Max Goldman, and Robert De Niro's character of Sam "Ace" Rothstien in Casino (1995), are both based upon Spilotro's partner, Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. See more »

Goofs

During the Season 1 episodes (near the end of the season) where Manny Weissborn and the other mob bosses are meeting at a country club and arguing over whether or not to get involved in the drug trade or the takeover of Las Vegas, pay close attention to the large plate glass windows. During the night-time scenes, especially when Weissborn goes into a rant, you can see the reflections of stage hands holding boom mics, running cameras, and holding up cue cards for the elderly Joseph Wiseman to read. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Mike Torello: Hey you. You hurt anybody else, when this is over, I'm gonna find what you love the most and I'm gonna kill it. Your mother, your father, your dog... don't matter what it is, it's dead.
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Crazy Credits

Al Kooper ... Guy who picks music for the show See more »

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"Twistin the night away
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User Reviews

Why are there not more postings for this awesome show!
1 July 2005 | by jeannie626See all my reviews

I miss it, and it's been nearly 20 years! I'm just surprised there is not a bona-fide cult following for this show! If anyone reading this disagrees, well speak up!! The show premiered when I was a teenager, and I thought it was cool as sh%#! Of course, I was also watching Pee-Wee's playhouse, Joes Bob Briggs Drive-In Theatre, going to see Roy Orbison in concert one last time. And while the addition of cast member Andrew Goldman (Dice-Clay) may not have done much in retrospect for the show, I'll be damned if it didn't prove that he could actually act! I'm not kidding, he did a fine job! Dennis Ferrina, the Maimi Beach widows dream, so my (much older) ex used to tell me... I've been rooting for him ever since this show. (And Midnight Run paid off!)Not sure yet on Law & Order.....


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