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Fort Apache, The Bronx

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In a bombed-out wasteland stands a police station- less a precinct house than a fort in hostile territory. Outside the walls are the murders, the riots, the drugs, and the everyday lives that texture the bleak urban landscape. Inside, amidst corruption and indifference, each officer does what he must do to survive his tour of duty in FORT APACHE, THE BRONX. His controversial, hard-hitting feature stars Paul Newman as the tough, tired Officer Murphy. His performance sets the tone of a film which moves from reality to romance, from comedy to great desolation of spirit, from demoralization to hope.

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  • Actors: Paul Newman, Ed Asner, Ken Wahl, Danny Aiello, Rachel Ticotin
  • Directors: Daniel Petrie
  • Writers: Heywood Gould
  • Producers: David Susskind, Martin Richards, Tom Fiorello
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00319ECCY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,632 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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FORT APACHE, THE BRONX is a 2-hour color movie taking place in the Bronx, one of the five boroughs of New York City. The Bronx is the borough that is contiguous with, and just to the north of, Manhattan. The film takes place in various locations, including a police station, the street immediately in front of the police station, places of residence of various sleazy characters, on various rooftops, and in a hospital. The characters include Paul Newman (older) and Ken Wahl (younger), who are partners on the police force who share a squad car. Wahl is handsome and has long hair. Often the pair engage in their rounds in street clothes. The characters also include Newman's love interest, Rachel Ticotin, who plays the part of a nurse in the hospital, Edward Asner, who is the police captain, and Pam Grier, who plays a hooker.

VIOLENCE AND OTHER EXTREME SCENES. If you prefer mild-mannered movies, such as ELLA ENCHANTED, or 13 GOING ON 33, then this film might not be the best choice for you. At the beginning, Pam Grier shoots two cops, point-blank, and we see the bulletholes in their heads. Near the beginning, a transvestite goes nuts and threatens to jump off of a building, and he actually does fall off, but Newman and Wahl catch him by his heels just in time. Later on, Pam Grier slashes a john with a razor blade. At a later point, two policemen throw a Puerto Rican off of a rooftop, during a neighborhood riot. Toward the end of the movie, Pam Grier is killed in an apartment, and she is rolled up in the livingroom rug, and tossed in a heap of neighborhood garbage. Aside from the violence, the film contains various stunts, such as a scene near the end when Newman and Wahl rappel down the outside of the building.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mike goodwin on October 14, 2013
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worked in the 42 pct when they filmed this movie...it was about the 41pct but they used most of the 42pct cause the space inside and outside was bigger......Newman was a scumbag...and ed asner was great what a guy.....we all came on our days off just to watch pam grier......the guy off the roof was true only he was a gypsy cab driver.( they were protesting)sentenced to 25 but took off...a lot of extras were methadone junkies......clinc was right down the street off 3rd.....film company changed the door handels on the pct (42) and replaced them with with crap...for the movie...they never returned the very old antique door handels they got away with them.........good movie if you know behind stuff .....otherwise its just ok
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n hindsight, FORT APACHE THE BRONX seems in part an after-effect of 1960s and early 70s demonstrations and war protests. As for the wretched South Bronx setting, I spent several hours there one strange night in 1977 and can attest that it then looked like a war zone. Everywhere were condemned partially wrecked buildings, rubbish-filled lots and 55-gallon drum stoves used to dull the night chill for the homeless. Much like the moon, this was an imhospitable place for any living thing.

SYNOPSIS--
The 41st Precinct is known as Fort Apache as it's a haven, an island of refuge for decent citizens against the overwhelming number of monsters and savages prowling their streets. Murphy (Newman) has been at Fort Apache for 14 years, far too long for his mental health. Busted from detective to patrolman for a single lapse in judgement, he still tries to be a good cop.

A new captain (Asner) who knows nothing about the South Bronx, institutes a crime sweep after two rookie officers are murdered in their squad car. The result of 100 dubious arrests is a noisy demonstration at the precinct that Capt. Connolly disperses with tear gas. Riots, arson and general anarchy ensue. Murphy and partner Corelli (Wahl) are sent to a rooftop to stop two men from hurling things at the cops. While there they witness a fellow officer (Aiello) throw an innocent kid off another roof.

Murphy and Corelli must decide if they should keep quiet. Further complications are Murphy's entanglement with a needle-addicted nurse (Ticotin), a fleet-footed burglar in a WWI flyer's hat (Guecia) and the fruitless hunt for an unknown cop killer (Grier).

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 IMDb viewer poll rating.

(6.6) Fort Apache the Bronx (1981) - Paul Newman/Edward Asner/Ken Wahl/Danny Aiello/Rachel Ticotin/Pam Grier/Lance Guecia
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Overlong and mostly unbelievable cop flick finds Paul Newman and Ken Wahl as partners working out of a precinct nick-named Fort Apache. As you can probably guess it's located in The Bronx. When a no nonsense captain takes over (Ed Asner) insisting that his officers actually make arrests rather than ignore all the crime they encounter day to day the neighborhood erupts in violence. Eventually Paul Newman's Murphy witnesses a fellow officer throw an unarmed kid off a rooftop and grapples with whether to destroy his career by turning the bad cop in. Unfortunately Fort Apache, the Bronx waits way too long before that happens and then doesn't even bother to try and generate a little suspense from the situation.

Paul Newman is so much better than the script that he keeps things watchable, which feels like more of an accomplishment than it should be. Kan Wahl is better acting opposite Paul Newman than as a lead but he's still Ken Wahl. Danny Aiello is almost perversely underutilized as the violent cop who commits murder on the job, as is an extremely game Pam Grier as a whacked out prostitute on an unlikely killing spree. A more entertaining, pulpier movie would have made much more use of Danny Aiello and Pam Grier but Fort Apache, the Bronx suffers the unfortunate fate of taking itself way too seriously.

Daniel Petrie provides TV movie quality direction, relying on the neighborhood to provide whatever minor grittiness the movie actually manages. Personally I'll take Cruising or The Exterminator or Night of the Juggler over Fort Apache, the Bronx any day. All four were shot in New York around the same time but the latter three use the locations so much better, turning the city into another character.
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