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Report to the Commissioner (1975)

Police officer Patty Butler, alias "Chicklet," is the live-in girlfriend of Thomas 'Stick' Henderson to gather evidence. Detective Bo Lockley is instructed to try to find her, not knowing she's also a cop.

Director:

Milton Katselas

Writers:

James Mills (novel), Abby Mann (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Moriarty ... Bo Lockley
Yaphet Kotto ... Richard 'Crunch' Blackstone
Susan Blakely ... Patty Butler
Hector Elizondo ... Captain D'Angelo
Tony King ... Thomas 'Stick' Henderson
Michael McGuire ... Lt. Hanson
Edward Grover ... Captain Strichter
Dana Elcar ... Chief Perna
Bob Balaban ... Joey Egan (as Robert Balaban)
William Devane ... Asst. D.A. Jackson
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Police Commissioner
Richard Gere ... Billy
Vic Tayback ... Lt. Seidensticker
Albert Seedman Albert Seedman ... Detective Schulman
Noelle North Noelle North ... Samantha
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Storyline

Police officer Patty Butler, alias "Chicklet," is the live-in girlfriend of Thomas 'Stick' Henderson to gather evidence. Detective Bo Lockley is instructed to try to find her, not knowing she's also a cop.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No One Knew She Was An Undercover Policewoman. Including The Detective Who Killed Her.

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

18 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1975 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Operation Undercover See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Frankovich Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Albert Seedman who plays Detective Shulman was the New York Chief of Detectives prior to his role in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Michael Moriarty is chasing Tony King through the street, at first King is barefoot, but at certain instances, you can tell he has on shoes, then later in the chase scene, he is barefoot again. See more »

Quotes

Richard 'Crunch' Blackstone: [laughing] It happened. They sent us a hippy.
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Connections

References Claudine (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Changes (Messin' With My Mind)
Written and Performed by Vernon Burch
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Nothing is ever as it seems.
28 July 2016 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

The 70s were definitely a great time for cinema, giving us gritty NYC thrillers and dramas like "Across 110th Street", "Serpico", "The French Connection", and "Dog Day Afternoon". "Report to the Commissioner", based on the novel by James Mills, can join those ranks, with its matter of fact, semi-documentary approach. Its characters are vivid and convincing, and the performances memorable. The story allows for some tense scenarios, and offers an interesting look into departmental politics within the police department, and how this sort of thing can create its share of victims.

Michael Moriarty stars as Beauregard "Bo" Lockley, a hippie-ish rookie detective on the police force who's overwhelmingly naive. He's partnered with the hard-boiled veteran Richard "Crunch" Blackstone (Yaphet Kotto), and gets a little taste of the street life. His own "doing good" mentality gets him into a lot of trouble when he ends up shooting Patty Butler (Susan Blakely), a beautiful young detective working deep undercover. She'd made the bold decision to move in with a drug pusher, Thomas "Stick" Henderson (Tony King) to get the goods on him, and Lockley had been fed a line of bull about her identity in order to make the whole thing look good. Now the NYPD has to decide what to do with this mess, and how much to tell the commissioner (Stephen Elliott).

For this viewer, the only real debit was Moriarty. Sometimes his eccentricities can benefit a movie (ex: his hilarious performance in "Q: The Winged Serpent"), but here, he's just too whiny and mannered to make his character as sympathetic as he should be. Fortunately, there's lots of heavy hitters here to pick up the slack: Kotto, Blakely, Hector Elizondo, Michael McGuire, Dana Elcar, Bob Balaban, William Devane, Elliott, Vic Tayback. And it's cool to see a young Richard Gere making his film debut as Billy the pimp. Real life NYC detectives Sonny Grosso and Albert Seedman have small roles.

Some of the story is played out in the form of interviews, helping us to get insight into character motivations. There's one damn entertaining, and lengthy, foot chase, which also delivers beefcake for the audience because the studly King is running around wearing little. The entire sequence on the elevator is riveting, especially since we definitely get a sense of how hot it must be in there for Moriarty and King. And Balaban figures in what has to be one of the most original "tailing" sequences seen on film. The location shooting (cinematography by Mario Tosi) is excellent, and Elmer Bernstein supplies a sometimes unusual but generally effective music score.

This one is well worth catching for fans of the actors and lovers of 70s cinema.

Eight out of 10.


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