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The New Centurions

4.4 out of 5 stars 73 customer reviews

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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.

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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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  • Actors: Erik Estrada, Stacy Keach, George C. Scott, Jane Alexander, Rosalind Cash
  • Directors: Richard Fleischer
  • Producers: Robert Chartoff, Irwin Winkler
  • 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
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment / Mill Creek
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDKQ76
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,803 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The New Centurions" on IMDb

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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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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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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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I know this movie and had it on my Christmas list. SPOILER ALERT: Unbelievably, the ENDING is COMPLETELY BLOWN on the back of the DVD case!!!!
Glad I caught it because I wanted my daughter to see it (her first viewing) and I normally would have passed her the DVD case as I loaded the disc to play. I had to read the back twice to believe my eyes. What idiots!!!!!
But a good Joseph Wambaugh story (Police Story, Blue Knight, Joe Forrester, Police Woman, et al) from the 70's. Scott and Keach are excellent. Just don't read the back cover!!!!! Give us a break, manufacturers!!!!!
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The New Centurions is based on the excellent novel of Joseph Wambaugh who was a police officer at the time he wrote it. The book is well written and detailed and the film is quite a good representation of the book. Watching this film for the first time in over 30 years you don't get the sense of it being dated. I'm sure it would be a great film for police officers going through their initial training on route to the world of the beat. It is a good film and holds up well and should have more kudos than it does. Stacey Keach gives an accurate portrayal of the new policeman while George C. Scott does a great job of the world weary veteran. The ending is one you don't expect and keeps you thinking afterwards for some time.
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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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...but it really doesn't quite make it. I even suspect that the screenwriter understood that putting this amazing story into a movie was too tall of an order. So he purposefully narrowed his look into the lives of the three rookie cops and almost loses Officer Gus and the Watts Riots all together in the process.

But that's okay. It is nevertheless a very good movie with George C. Scott very nearly stealing the show from the others. Stacy Keach portrays the rise and fall of a rookie to veteran in almost haunting fashion. This is very entertaining from start to finish.

Bottom line is that Wambaugh's book "The New Centurions" was just really deep and well done. Only a mini series with a lot of production money could have captured it all. So this movie is an abbreviation, but a good one.
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This flick with George C Scott and Stacey Keach is a bit dated watching it today but its a good vid showing the frustration of police on the street at the time it was filmed. Seeing a cop back in the squad car after a shooting, roughing up a despicable slumlord....you know that would never happen today...maybe. Missing was the review boards wanting to put Keach and Scott in jail.
I saw this movie when it first came to the theater. ...loved it then, love it now.
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