Fort Apache, the Bronx
15 minutes from Manhattan there's a place where even the cops fear to tread.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Color
- Released: December 5, 2000
- Originally Released: 1981
- Label: Hbo Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Snap Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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- Biographies: Cast & Crew
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Paul Newman, Ed Asner, Ken Wahl, Rachel Ticotin & Danny Aiello|
|Performer:||Pam Grier & Erik Estrada|
|Directed by||Daniel Petrie|
|Edited by||Rita Roland|
|Composition by||Jonathan Tunick|
|Director of Photography:||John Alcott|
|Executive Production by||David Susskind|
Rating: B -- Too bad the pic had such an ugly and forgettable story. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Rating: 8/10 -- A realistic, colorful and always interesting study of a veteran police office (Newman) and his a rookie partner (Wahl) patrolling the rough streets of the South Bronx. Asner is memorable as their gung-ho new commander.
Rating: 3/5 -- A cliched but thoroughly watchable cop movie, thanks to Newman's acting chops.
Rating: 2/4 -- It's sort of insidious, the way a formula can take over and smother a good idea for a movie. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Overlooked hard-boiled cop story.
The film is sincerely direct, at times very raw, showing without compassion or bluntness a world full of misfortunes. [Full Review in Spanish] Full Review
...[The dialogue] is snappy and straight from the streets, creating one good scene after another...
Deep in the bombed-out streets of the Bronx lies Fort Apache, the local police station, in this hard-hitting drama that portrays the lives of two local cops working the beat in the worst precinct in New York. Paul Newman stars as Murphy, a loyal and ethical cop who has been working on the force for 18 years. He and his partner, Corelli (Ken Wahl), hit the streets every day, facing desperate and impoverished conditions with a combination of courage, responsibility, and gritty humor. Despite the hardships the two men face, they carry on with their off-duty lives, carousing at local bars, flirting with girls, and sharing a deep respect for each another. Murphy's developing relationship with Isabella (Rachel Ticotin), a local nurse, is at the heart of the film, a captivating combination of romance, violence, and tragedy. When two rookie cops are murdered in broad daylight, the new police chief (Ed Asner) shakes up the force and demands violent and reactionary measures against the local citizens. But their extreme police actions provoke riots in the streets, and Murphy and Corelli are forced to face the corruption and indifference that pervade their department. A truly moving tale of two men attempting to stay afloat in an urban wasteland, director Daniel Petrie's film features outstanding lead performances and an excellent supporting cast, including Danny Aiello and Pam Grier.
FORT APACHE, THE BRONX is a hard-hitting drama about a police station in the Bronx that's more of a fortress than a precinct house. Inside, the atmosphere of corruption and indifference pervades the department, but two cops try to make a difference.