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Badge 373 [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Robert Duvall, Verna Bloom, Henry Darrow, Eddie Egan, Luis Avalos
  • Directors: Howard W. Koch
  • Writers: Eddie Egan, Pete Hamill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00782O7RU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Badge 373 is a crime thriller in the tradition of "The French Connection" and "Serpico". Eddie Ryan (Robert Duvall), a tough, no-nonsense and abrasive Irish cop, has to turn in his badge after scuffling with a suspect who then falls to his death from a rooftop. But that doesn't stop him from heading out on a one-man crusade to avenge his partner's murder, all the while neglecting his new live-in girlfriend, Maureen (Verna Bloom). Ryan's investigation leads him to Puerto Rican drum kingpin, Sweet Willie (Henry Darrow), and the shipment of guns for the Puerto Rican Crime Syndicate. Real life policeman, Eddie Egan plays Duvall's Lieutenant. Screenplay by journalist, Pete Hamill and directed by big-time Hollywood producer, Howard W. Koch.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberto Frangie on January 25, 2009
Format: VHS Tape
As long as there are criminals, films will be made about their exploits.. Though what we call "a gangster film" in the 1970's bears little resemblance to the classics of the 1930's, it is still a film about big-time criminals and organized crime... Only the baddies have been changed to assist identification...

"Badge 373" is a case in point... It is a simple story, based on the exploits of Eddie Egan, a real New York policeman who also, for good measure, plays a part in the film...

Ryan, a New York detective, is suspended for causing the death of a Puerto Rican dope runner... Taking a job as a bartender, he learns that his old partner on the force has been killed... Then, with the law against him because he is no longer a policeman, and harassed also by the villains, he sets out to avenge his friend's murder...

The twist is that these villains are no longer liquor and heroin smugglers, big-time gamblers or bank robbers... They are Puerto Ricans... Some of them are men who seek to foment a revolution on their island; others, led by a sinister figure in dark glasses called Sweet William, are the crooked element who will supply the necessary guns and ammunition... Ryan, played by Robert Duvall, wages his own solitary war against both parties...

It's a rough, tough and ruthless film, in which Duvall is as brutal as his adversaries; towards the end, he callously chops down a night watchman in order to gain entrance to the Brooklyn docks... In fact, it is very difficult to have sympathy for any of the characters in "Badge 373." Perhaps this is intentional... Perhaps cinema audiences of the future will not require to identify sympathetically with the characters they watch...

Certainly, this was true in "The French Connection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on April 14, 2011
Format: VHS Tape
Badge 373, starring Robert Duvall, Verna Bloom and Eddie Egan, the real-life cop that uncovered the real-life French connection dope deal, is one of a spate of movies that were made after the success of The French Connection in 1971. These films included the follow-up French Connection II, a disappointment with some excitement and fine French scenery, and the more exciting The Seven-Ups that helped build Roy Scheider's career and featured players from other crime films including Bullitt.

Badge 373 was based on events Egan said happened during his career as a New York cop. The film's storyline is based on Duvall's partner being murdered and the investgiation his character follows to find the killer while suspended from actual duty. There are several poorly-developed subplots including his character's racism and his relationship with girlfriend Bloom but the police action and story are worhty of your time and easy to follow. I have been surprised how badly this film was ranked by critics, especially after all the big name cop films -- including Academy Award winners I've seen -- that are no better than this one. Perhaps it was poorly considered for 1973; today, it is clearly above the fold for the average police drama.

One element of this movie should delight anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank Hickey on February 22, 2014
Format: DVD
Fedora hat on his head, beer belly sticking out, Robert Duvall gut-walks through this film.

Done two years after the French Connection, Robert Duvall makes his own angry and effective character of Eddie

Ryan, NYPD detective.

Duvall was not widely known at this time. But he acts, in this film. He makes a real person out of what might

otherwise be a cliche. For a man from Manhattan Beach, California, he crafts a wonderful guttural New York

accent. He is profane, casually racist, unattractive and crass. He offends this reviewer by how he refers to


But his performance is not about politics. It is not genteel or pretty. He is not like the soft and caring

Steve McQueen of the film 'Bullit.' Duvall wakes up at noon with a hangover and reaches for a cigarette.

He is not likeable.

But a smooth Latino racketeer, a graduate from Harvard University, who controls most of the Harlem

syndicate, kills Duvall's partner. Word leaks out that the dead partner was a

corrupt cop. Everyone suspects that Duvall was on the take. His friends shun him.

Stripped of the gun on his ankle and the gold detective's shield in his pocket, Duvall takes a tire iron from

his car and starts looking for justice.

The cast is solid. Verna Bloom plays his lover, a hatcheck woman from the saloon where he works after the

NYPD has bounced him. She is perfect as the woman who just wants a peaceful man to rely on. Duvall is not

that man. Too late, she learns it.

Eddie Egan, the real-life French Connection detective, plays Duvall's boss and pal. He is as real as a curbstone.
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