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The New Centurions (1972)

George C. Scott , Stacy Keach , Richard Fleischer  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander, Scott Wilson, Rosalind Cash
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Writers: Joseph Wambaugh, Robert Towne, Stirling Silliphant
  • Producers: Henry Gellis, Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDKQ76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The New Centurions" on IMDb

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Experiences of modern-day Los Angeles policemen portraying their hazards, adventures and rewards, starring George C. Scott as Sgt. Kilvinski and Stacy Keach as Roy Fehler. NEW CENTURIONS is based on the novel by Joseph Wambaugh.

Fans of the TV series Police Story and Hill Street Blues will dig this gritty 1972 drama based on Joseph Wambaugh's groundbreaking first novel. George C. Scott is in his element as Kilvinski, the philosophical 20-year veteran who mentors his new night shift partner, Roy (Stacy Keach), a "slick-sleeved" rookie. "Kilvinski's Law," he growls, "If a dude uses his fist, you use your stick. If he uses a stick you use your gun." Quincy Jones' Shaft-ian score gives the film a funky '70s vibe. Jane Alexander costars as Roy's neglected spouse, with Eric Estrada and Scott Wilson as fellow rookies, and Isabel "Weesie" Sanford as one of a vanful of prostitutes the partners roust in one of the few sequences played for laughs. Directed by Richard Fleischer (Compulsion) and written by Academy Award-winner Stirling Silliphant (In the Heat of the Night), The New Centurions deglamorizes the cop drama with gallows humor and sudden and shocking violence. It is a little dated, but in portraying the dangers and stresses that beat cops face everyday, The New Centurions is not, to quote Kilvinski, the same old "Hollywood crap." --Donald Liebenson

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Police movie ever July 19, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This movie inspired me to a law enforcement career that lasted 28 years. George C. Scott (Officer Kilvinsky) delivers one of his best performances as a veteran patrolman of the L.A.P.D. He teaches a rookie cop "Stacy Keach" how to survive on the streets of L.A. Erik Estrada plays a former gang banger that turned cop, only to find himself working patrol in his old stomping grounds. The realism was great. No doubt they used police advisors when making the film. A sad movie that will make you realize that cops are human. Kilvinsky the cynical cop, shows compassion in dealing with illegal Mexican immigrants that are being taken advantage of by a money grubbing landlord. Stacy Keach suffers a failed marriage and gets involved in an interracial relationship. Truly a gut wrenching movie that shows the brutality of police work, both mentally and physically. I'd pay a hundred dollars if I could get the movie on DVD.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Police Drama August 29, 2008
By Dave P.
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If you like police movies, you'll love this one. Stacy Keach and Erik Estrada (CHiPs, in one of his first movies) are graduates of the police academy as they begin their careers within the police department. Of special interest is the relationship between Keach and George C. Scott (a seasoned veteran looking forward to retirement).

This is a true-to-life story of cops and their daily struggles as they balance their jobs with their personal life. George C. Scott is excellent in this movie and worth watching for his acting alone. Stacy Keach gives a great performance as a new cop juggling family and his quest to further his career beyond the police department.

Plenty of action sequences and a true depiction of the struggles that our police force face on a daily basis. Watch Erik Estrada in one of his earliest roles.

A must see movie for action, drama, and life on the streets. I own the VHS version and I am glad that this movie was finally released on DVD. A true classic.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cop movie ever. February 17, 2009
By B.S.M.
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Just simply the best cop movie ever. I'm a Prince George's County police officer and this is the only cop movie I have ever seen that gets it 100% right. If you haven't seen it, get it. If you are a cop movie nut, you NEED this movie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY in widescreen and digital ! October 5, 2008
This has been one of my favourite cop/action movies. My vhs copy always looked fuzzy and faded, so I'm glad to see this movie in widescreen and with vibrant colours. The Martini Movies supplements are silly and not worth looking at.

It is 1972 and fellow cops Stacey Keach and George C. Scott are on the night shift making the rounds in their squad car or paddy wagon. They end up being forced to come to terms between their personal lives and their consuming and often dangerous professional life. It is a pleasure to see these two fine actors in one film. Quincy Jones' funky score thankfully doesn't overwhelm the unfolding drama.

I don't know why I seldom see this movie mentioned but it is a keeper.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 70's cop film! October 10, 2008
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I've been waiting on this to be released on dvd for literally years! My vhs copy has gotten a lot of use. This is one of the BEST 70's/BEST all around cop films I've seen and I'm very particular. Ranks right up there along with Electraglide in Blue, Dirty Harry, The French Connection, Serpico, McQ and Seven-Ups. The book by ex-LA cop Joseph Wambaugh is one of his best and the film follows it rather closely. It starts out with Stacy Keach and his fellow officers going through the academy, he becomes a rookie cop and is partnered with veteran George C. Scott. I'll not give the excellent plot away, but the film is very accurate in its portrayal of late 60's, 70's police activities and their equipment. Shades of Adam-12 in that respect. Overall a truly excellent movie that will not disappoint you, especially if you are into cop movies...and if you like it, you should consider reading the fine book too (if you've read the book and like it, you MUST see the film)! A classic!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bitter, Controversial, Authentic June 27, 2008
I had read the book in addition to seeing this movie and was somewhat disappointed.

The book had been equally about three Los Angeles police officers, Serge Duran, (Erik Estrada), Gus Plebesly (Scott Wilson) and Roy Fehler (Stacey Keach). The movie primarily focuses on Roy Fehler and leaves very small roles for Gus and Serge, whose characters were important in the story.

In spite of this, it was still a good movie that was educational and entertaining. George C. Scott was great in the role of Kilvinsky and was exactly as I pictured the character. The movie evolves around day to day situations from petty crimes to violent crimes.

The ending is sad. I don't want to give that away, but the best part was when Erik Estrada prays the Hail Mary in Spanish, which makes the movie more touching than any I have seen.

I recommend this movie for anyone who likes cop movies.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Centurions December 24, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
A Geart LawEnforcement Movie set in the LosAngeles 60's It Demostrates the Mental and Emotional Problems that working the Streets of LA as a Cop have to endure! This shows How Wambaugh as a X-LAPD Offficer and Writer, helped to get trama care to LawEnforcment Personal. This is also a Movie thats costars the Young James Woods and Erick Estrada in their early carrier. I grew Up in LosAngeles (The Valley) and this Movie gives a great View of LosAngeles During the Watts Riots in 63'
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars This was actually a feature film but it comes off ...
This was actually a feature film but it comes off as a T.V. series. It was okay. Very dated and what I thought was rather choppy editing, but not unlike other films during the... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Jorge Barbarosa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old police movie. Good example of police work in Los Angeles in the 70's.
Published 1 month ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars A top notch cop movie. Growing up in L ...
A top notch cop movie. Growing up in L.A. I remember well the days of the dual barrel wig wags. Ancient with the digital technology that's out there now, that early environment is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent brought back a lot of memories
Published 1 month ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Police Drama with George C. Scott
A Classic Movie from the 60's about real cops.
Published 3 months ago by D. G. Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
old movie but very good. it is almost real life as it tells the truth about how things happen.true to life
Published 5 months ago by Robert V. Holley
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic movie. Was recommended to me by a retired Police Officer. I was not disappointed. Great movie about the old days.
Published 7 months ago by Jesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Get the real feeling of LAPD street patrol
My all time favorite PD movie, along with Southland. Ok, Dragnet and Adam-12. But anyone considering being a cop should watch this. Read more
Published 7 months ago by chu lai 1968
5.0 out of 5 stars Top intertainment, especially if your are a police professional.
It was more factual in nature than one might realize. I am a retired Law Enforcement Officer. The actors were tops. Great intertainment overal.
Published 7 months ago by Camilo D. Saavedra
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid cop movie
Although a disappointment after reading the book ( this could have been a blockbuster film if true to Joseph Wambaugh's novel; perhaps a remake is in order ), on its own terms this... Read more
Published 7 months ago by John T. Bacha
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