Police Story (1973–1987)
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Three people are fatally shot by three different policemen, two beat cops and a detective. Deputy Chief Hayes must sort through the shooting team reports to find the truth of each situation, possibly at the risk of his own career.

Director:

Virgil W. Vogel

Writers:

Joseph Wambaugh (creator), Mark Rodgers | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Farentino ... John Anderson
Harry Guardino ... Lt. William Bramlett
Hari Rhodes ... Otis Spencer (as Harry Rhodes)
Ron Masak ... Chuck Onorato
Christopher Connelly ... Ross Bakalayan
Michael McGuire ... Investigator George Sandrich
Taylor Lacher Taylor Lacher ... Investigator Lanny
Russell Johnson ... Captain Carl Fargo
Lonny Chapman ... Commissioner Martin
Leslie Parrish ... Georgie Hayes
Alan Fudge ... Ted - Police Public Information Officer
Lana Wood ... Gloria
Elinor Donahue ... Joan Anderson
Richard Ward ... Dianne's Father
Arlene Golonka ... Hostage's Mother
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Three people are fatally shot by three different policemen, two beat cops and a detective. Deputy Chief Hayes must sort through the shooting team reports to find the truth of each situation, possibly at the risk of his own career.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1978 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Final acting role for Leslie Parrish, who was 20 years younger than her on-screen husband, Glenn Ford. See more »

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The hostage taker fires 7 rounds from a 6 shot revolver. See more »

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One of the best scripts in the series so far....
23 August 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

I have already seen nearly all the episodes of this tremendous show from the seventies...Nearly. And this scheme of police officers accused of firing on suspects in an abusing way, this topic has already been talked about. Even in the WARNING SHOT scheme manner; do you remember, the story where the authorities could not find the weapon which the victim was supposed to fire at the cop with... But the novelty here is that you have different cases and policemen involved...and also even a security guard in a supermarket. I appreciated to have here a longer, twice longer, episode which permitted to spread the story and so take time to develop characters; one thing not always very easy on shorter lengths. I find here some new series kind of screen plays, with so many stories in parallel, which eventually collide. Yes, definitely one of the best and interesting episode of the series. You have here a top performance from Jim Farantino, especially in the scene just after he shot the Black suspect. Watch him, shaking on his legs with his face in sweat. And this topic about policemen firing on suspects, especially Black ones, is still forty years later a so hot matter. Look at the news pages...


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