As a kid I used to be sure to stay up — even on a school night — to catch this whenever it played on the Late Show. With that ritual long dead, it’s probably been thirty years since I’ve seen this terrific, underrated, 1974 urban actioner that’s based on a true story and stars David Selby and The Great Ron Liebman.
What I mostly remember is loads of action and the fact that the entire production was shot on location. At the time, the burnt out buildings, vacant lots filled with trash, grit, grime and turtlenecks didn’t feel like a throwback. That was simply what Brooklyn looked like. It was still a cool look, though, and will look even cooler today. The reason for this is obvious when you realize “Super Cops” is directed by Gordon Parks, the man responsible for helming the timeless “Shaft” (1970) and its first sequel “Shaft’s Big Score” (1972).
For the life of me I can’t understand why Liebam wasn’t/isn’t a bigger star. You’ll probably recognize him from his recurring role on “Friends” or his memorable, Oscar-nominated role as the fish-out-of-water union organizer in “Norma Rae.” Besides “The Super Cops,” another showcase for this versatile actor’s talents is 1981’s “Zorro, the Gay Blade,” where he practically steals the show as the ruthless Captain Esteban. You can’t watch his hilarious work and ever hear the word “peoples” the same way again.
“The Super Cops” is available for purchase here, and is also a reminder of when Hollywood wasn’t afraid to put the word “the” in a movie title.
Good times, good times.
Dear Hollywood: I have this device that, whenever I want, plays the “Thing” movies directed by John Carpenter and likely directed by Howard Hawks at home on my TV. Thanks for trying, though.
And you can wash, rinse, and repeat the above regarding your “Footloose” remake.
Hollywood’s attraction to tyrants isn’t news, but this caught my eye:
[T]he Oscar-winning actress will give fees that she received for attending a controversial celebration in Chechnya “to various charitable organizations.”
This was the last King novel I was able to finish. The good news is that Mick Garris, who adapted the superb television adaptations of “The Stand” and “The Shining,” also wrote this, and the star is Pierce Brosnan. To be honest, I don’t remember a whole lot about the story other than being pretty engrossed in it. But the pedigrees involved means I’ll give it a go… when it hits Streaming or Redbox. The days of suffering through 40 minutes of commercials over the course of a two-hour movie are long over.
SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINK-TACULAR
JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME IN CAR ACCIDENT; STAR WALKS AWAY WITH NO VAN DAMMAGE (ED. NOTE: BLAME ME FOR THAT, NOT SCOTTDS. COULDN’T HELP MYSELF. — JN)
LAST NIGHT’S SCREENING
Finished “The Closer: Season Two.” Two of the last three episodes provided interesting contrasts. One involved the Catholic faith another Islamic terrorists. In the latter we were treated to lines of dialogue that made clear the Koran was being perverted and Allah was not our enemy. In the former, not so much of that.
Liberals ruin everything.
CLASSIC PICK FOR SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
2:00 AM EST: Rome, Open City (1946) — Towards the end of WWII, Italian underground workers stand up to the Nazis. Dir: Roberto Rossellini Cast: Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero. BW-103 mins, TV-PG.
Fascinating Italian film literally pasted together by the director with whatever film he could purchase and shot wherever he could with little to no lighting equipment. Still, the overall impact is strong and the story compelling.
Magnani was never the beauty she was hailed to be, but she sure was a star.
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