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Hickey And Boggs

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Bill Cosby and Robert Culp ("I Spy") are united again as private eyes in this Walter Hill-scripted "film noir." Searching for a missing girl, they find themselves involved with vicious criminals and precipitating a string of deaths.

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  • Actors: Robert Culp, Bill Cosby
  • Directors: Robert Culp
  • Writers: Walter Hill
  • Producers: Joel Reisner, Fouad Said
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005E7SFI8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,253 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By K. Todd on October 10, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It should be noted that many of the reviews that Amazon has chosen to post on this page are for previous DVD and VHS releases of this film. The reviews are quite correct, those versions are horrible. This one is excellent, as MODs go, and is certainly going to be the best quality version that you are going to find anywhere. So please ignore the low overall rating as it is being dragged down by these erroneous comments.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2007
Format: DVD
A few years after their successful run as partners in espionage on television's "I Spy", Robert Culp and Bill Cosby teamed up for "Hickey & Boggs", a cynical 1972 neo-noir that Culp directed. Far from the adventurous, optimistic duo that Culp and Cosby portrayed in "I Spy", Al Hickey (Bill Cosby) and Frank Boggs (Robert Culp) are private investigators with a dearth of clients and abundance of personal problems. They are hired by a Mr. Rice (Lester Fletcher) to locate a woman named Mary Jane Bower and given a short list of her known acquaintances. The first person on the list is found dead, the bodies pile up, the guns get bigger, and the police lose their patience with the detectives' habit of withholding evidence. But Mary Jane (Carmen) seems to be the key to the loot from a big armored car heist, so Hickey and Boggs keep plugging away, with a $25,000 reward at stake and little left to lose.

"Hickey & Boggs" excels in presenting the private investigator as an emasculated relic, barely able to make a living, at odds with the police, relegated by laws and modernity to being "nothing but process servers". The opposite in many ways of the pre-WWII heroic detectives like Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Even their antiquated firearms illustrate the obsolescence of the P.I.. This isn't a respectable profession any more. Ex-cop Hickey and world-weary, alcoholic Boggs take their clients' money, unconcerned that they are criminals. No one is especially sympathetic, and it is difficult to say who is victim and who is predator, as the fences, Mary Jane, and the detectives seem to be both. The unremitting cynicism and enfeebled protagonists aren't to everyone's taste, but they are typical of film noir of the 1970s.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan A. Sheen on October 29, 2011
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"Hickey & Boggs"

I saw "Hickey & Boggs" in the theater, the summer it came out.

Twice.

It baffles me to this day that that movie was not a mega-hit.

Bear in mind, I was born in October, 1961, so I was, what, eleven years old? I saw it with friends, all around the same age.

Now, as an adult, watching the movie, I enjoy it on a very adult level. The 'fin de siècle' feeling of an age ending, of the heroic Private Eye dying, not with a bang of gunfire, but with a strangling whimper of bureaucracy, red tape, and potential litigation. The wry commentary on Los Angeles' life among the landslides, the nihilistic miasma of what it really means when you say, as Seinfeld said, all unawares, "It's not about anything." The ability of even terrifying villains to have loyalties and attachments, and the way even men as crushed and demolished as Hickey and Boggs still can hold within them a core of strength and decency that, for all their talk about being in it for the money, makes them stand and face what may come because it's the right thing to do. It's their duty.

But as eleven-year-olds, in 1972, my friends and I came out of the theater, twice, jazzed and thrilled. We discussed and relived things that excited and amazed us -- the car blown to swiss cheese, the mob accountant with a little computer (one of the coolest things I had ever seen in my life!) that you could actually hold in your hand, the two heroes standing and fighting, armed with amazing, long-barreled pistols, against a freaking helicopter with a gattling gun!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By LGwriter on February 5, 2005
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You can tell how bad the DVD is of this film; the website for which I am doing this review does not even list this title on DVD anymore. No question, it is a terrible DVD transfer. I am giving this three stars because it's a great film. The screenplay is by none other than Walter Hill and one of the two leads, Robert Culp, directed--as far as I know, his only feature film directorial effort (he did direct a number of TV show episodes, different shows).

This is a tough as nails noir film with Culp and Bill Cosby as two cynical PIs who get mixed up in a money laundering caper to the tune of 400 grand from a prior bank heist. Also involved are a slick crime boss and his henchmen--one of them is played by a very young Michael Moriarty--and, echoing Chandler, an effeminate lawyer, as well as the cops. The main two of that group are Vincent Gardenia, Sgt. Papadakis, and another early appearance, this time by James Woods at Lt. Wyatt.

But the two title characters carry the film and they do a great job. The dialogue is razor sharp and probably the most cynical in any film from the 70s, and maybe even since then. These two guys are so jaded and emotionally hollowed out that when a tragic loss hits one of them, the other one engages in semi-banter to cheer the first guy up, not even offering any sympathy.

Each of them carries an extra-long barrel revolver; each of them always wears a suit. Boggs (Culp) drinks too much. Each of them is divorced, but Hickey has dreams of getting back together with his wife while Boggs watches his ex dance in a strip club.

As a writer, Walter Hill is almost always great and here he shows his stuff to the max.
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