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Bitter, Controversial, Authentic
on 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.