Badge 373

1973

Crime / Drama / Thriller

166
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 484

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Robert Duvall as Calvin Caspary
Robert Miano as Wilco
Tracey Walter as Miller
Verna Bloom as Hannah Collings
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988.78 MB
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English
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23.976 fps
116 min
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1.77 GB
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English
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23.976 fps
116 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Nazi_Fighter_David 7 / 10 / 10

A rough, tough and ruthless film...

As long as there are criminals, films will be made about their exploits.. Though what we call "a gangster film" in the 1970's bears little resemblance to the classics of the 1930's, it is still a film about big-time criminals and organized crime… Only the baddies have been changed to assist identification… "Badge 373" is a case in point… It is a simple story, based on the exploits of Eddie Egan, a real New York policeman who also, for good measure, plays a part in the film… Ryan, a New York detective, is suspended for causing the death of a Puerto Rican dope runner… Taking a job as a bartender, he learns that his old partner on the force has been killed… Then, with the law against him because he is no longer a policeman, and harassed also by the villains, he sets out to avenge his friend's murder… The twist is that these villains are no longer liquor and heroin smugglers, big-time gamblers or bank robbers… They are Puerto Ricans… Some of them are men who seek to foment a revolution on their island; others, led by a sinister figure in dark glasses called Sweet William, are the crooked element who will supply the necessary guns and ammunition… Ryan, played by Robert Duvall, wages his own solitary war against both parties… It's a rough, tough and ruthless film, in which Duvall is as brutal as his adversaries; towards the end, he callously chops down a night watchman in order to gain entrance to the Brooklyn docks… In fact, it is very difficult to have sympathy for any of the characters in "Badge 373." Perhaps this is intentional… Perhaps cinema audiences of the future will not require to identify sympathetically with the characters they watch… Certainly, this was true in "The French Connection." No one could deny that it is a tremendously exciting film ... but could anyone have a feeling of sympathetic identification with the central cop character? Gene Hackman stirred the blood, but it was difficult to be concerned about whether he lived or died…

Reviewed by ianlouisiana 9 / 10 / 10

Dirty Eddie -Baaad man with a badge.

This film is over 30 years old,its attitudes are disgracefully non - PC. That is a given.It's not like today when everybody loves one another and we all live in harmony in a Rainbow Nation and all creeds and races co - exist in an atmosphere of mutual respect.Well,don't they? Things aren't a lot different in 2006,it's just that Hollywood likes to make us think they are.I'm not saying for a minute that it's right that things have barely changed in 30 years,but no amount of wishing will make it so.Professional criminals still hide their activities behind the poor and disenfranchised of their own communities,ferment trouble for their own advantage and cops like Eddie Ryan still hate them bitterly for doing it.Laws meant to protect the weak and vulnerable still shelter the cruel and ruthless.If Eddie Ryan,like Harry Callaghan before him,feels like chucking in his badge then he cannot altogether be blamed.Not that he gets a chance as his bosses pre-empt him. Clearly certain members of the Hispanic community are not shown in an exceptionally positive light in "Badge 373" and Mr Ryan is a baad baaad man,homophobic,racist,sexist and probably several other ists as well.but he does not exist in a vacuum,he merely reflects the society he lives in.I would suggest that a significant proportion of the population held attitudes not a thousand miles away from his and considered them to be perfectly acceptable. So here we are in 2006 tsk tsking about a film that shows a society whose views we don't approve of.They were times of social unrest,when there appeared to be a real threat to the status quo.Criminals took advantage of the turmoil and it was difficult to tell the man with a grievance from the man with a gun. "Badge 373" occupies quite an important position in the "Cop Movie" pantheon.It has obvious similarities to "The French Connection" but lacks TFC's sheer energy and inventiveness.It broke new ground in showing the cop / hero as a distinctly unpleasant person - something "The Shield" has made a virtue of.Your cop could now be dirty(Dirty Harry wasn't actually "dirty" was he),unprepossessing,inarticulate and amoral.Mr Robert Duval created a pugnacious objectionable ignorant cop we aren't supposed to admire,but one that we can believe in.He has been corrupted by the world he moves in and works by its rules,not those of respectable society.He is a wreck of a man,like "The Bad Lieutenant". "Badge 373"'s influence reaches a long way,you can't make a cop movie today without at least sub-consciously referring to it. It may look a bit cheap and shoddy by today's mega-budget standards and much of it may seem familiar,but remember you are looking at it from the wrong end of time's telescope.

Reviewed by actionpro 9 / 10 / 10

Superb Duvall Vehicle

Badge 373 is an excellent movie that features Duvall at his best. He's better in this outing than he was in Let's Get Harry and Falling Down, which were also, arguably, some of Duvall's best works (that some could say were ruined by bad direction and a bad supporting cast). Not this time, though! The writing and direction are brilliant. The pace is a little bit too slow for an early 70s "cop" flick, but it's still above-average and a good find. Check it out and be amazed.

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