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Director  Howard W. Koch
Music director  J.J. Jackson
Duration  
Language  English
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Thriller
Screenplay  Eddie Egan, Pete Hamill
Country  United States
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Release date  25 July 1973 (NYC)
Writer  Eddie Egan (inspired by the exploits of), Pete Hamill
Cast  Robert Duvall (Eddie Ryan), Verna Bloom (Maureen), Henry Darrow (Sweet William), Eddie Egan (Scanlon), Felipe Luciano (Ruben Garcia), Tina Cristiani (Mrs. Caputo)
Similar movies  Nightcrawler, True Justice Blood Alley, True Justice 2: One Shot, One Life, Dead Drop, Angel of Death, Street Wars
Tagline  A gun in his sock, a tire iron in his belt, and no badge. The story of Eddie. The best ex-cop in the business.

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When his partner is killed, tough Irish detective Eddie Ryan (Robert Duvall) vows to avenge the death, whatever the cost. As he begins unraveling clues, his behavior becomes so outrageous that hes obliged to turn in his badge, but the experience only emboldens him. Ryan eventually learns that his partner was caught up in a Puerto Rican gun-running scheme masterminded by a crook named Sweet Willie (Henry Darrow), who wants to foment revolutionary war.

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Badge 373 is a 1973 crime thriller film inspired, as was The French Connection, by the life and career of Eddie Egan, here called "Eddie Ryan". The film, which has a screenplay by journalist Pete Hamill, was co-produced and directed by Howard Koch, and stars Robert Duvall as Ryan, with Verna Bloom, Henry Darrow and Eddie Egan himself as a police lieutenant.

The film was not successful, either at the box office or with the critics.

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When his partner is killed, tough Irish detective Eddie Ryan (Robert Duvall) vows to avenge the death, whatever the cost. As he begins unraveling clues, his behavior becomes so outrageous that he's obliged to turn in his badge, but the experience only emboldens him. Ryan eventually learns that his partner was caught up in a Puerto Rican gun-running scheme masterminded by a crook named Sweet Willie (Henry Darrow), who wants to foment revolutionary war.

Plot

Eddie Ryan (Robert Duvall), a tough, no-nonsense, abrasive and racist Irish NYPD cop, has to turn in his badge after scuffling with a Puerto Rican suspect who then falls to his death from a rooftop, but that doesnt stop him from heading out on a one-man crusade to find out who killed his partner of three years, Gigi Caputo (Louis Cosentino), all the while neglecting his new live-in girlfriend, Maureen (Verna Bloom). Ryans search leads him to Puerto Rican drug kingpin Sweet Willie (Henry Darrow), and a shipment of guns for Puerto Rican independenistas.

Cast

  • Robert Duvall as Eddie Ryan
  • Verna Bloom as Maureen
  • Henry Darrow as William Salazar a.k.a. Sweet William
  • Eddie Egan as Lt. Scanlon
  • Felipe Luciano as Ruben
  • Tina Cristiani as Mrs. Caputo
  • Marina Durell as Rita Garcia
  • Chico Martinez as Frankie Diaz
  • Jose Duval as Ferrer
  • Louis Cosentino as Gigi Caputo
  • Luis Avalos as Chico
  • Nubia Olivero as Mrs. Diaz
  • Sam Schacht as Assistant D.A.
  • Edward F. Carey as The Commissioner
  • "Big" Lee as Junkie in casino
  • Duane Morris as Gay in casino
  • John Marriott as Superintendent
  • Joe Veiga as Manuel (Botica [sic] Proprietor)
  • Mark Tendler as Harbor Lights bouncer
  • Robert Weil as Hans
  • Rose Ann Scamardella as Herself
  • Pete Hamill as Reporter
  • Larry Appelbaum as Copo at toll booth
  • John McCurry as Bus driver
  • Bob Farley as Patrolman
  • Tracey Walter as Delivery boy
  • John Scanlon, Jimmy Archer, Ric Mancini, Mike ODowd as Tugboat crew
  • Robert Miano, Pompie Pomposello, Hector Troy as Sweet Williams hoods
  • Miguel Alejandro, Harry Collazo, Damian Colon as "Rubens gang
  • Johnny Pachero & his Orchestra as Band at Carorrojenos
  • Orestes Matacena as Drug Dealer
  • Cast notes:

  • Journalist Pete Hamill, who wrote the screenplay, has a bit part as a reporter named Pete, in the sequence of Gigis wake, while WABC-TV anchorwoman Rose Ann Scamardella, later the inspiration for Gilda Radners Saturday Night Live character "Roseanne Roseannadanna", plays herself in a cameo appearance.
  • Dominican salsa bandleader Johnny Pachero & his Orchestra makes a cameo appearance in the opening nightclub sequence.
  • Production

    Badge 373 was shot on location on the streets of New York City. At one point, in what film writer Jeff Stafford calls a deliberate attempt to recall the car-chase scene from The French Connection, which was also based on the exploits of Eddie Egan, Robert Duvall as police detective Eddie Ryan attempts to chase down suspects in their car by hijacking a city bus, the 14th Street crosstown. The chase does not follow actual Manhattan geography, and passes locations including the West 125th viaduct and a meatpacking plant, and a branch of the record store King Karol at 460 West 42nd Street. Locations for other scenes include the Manhattan Bridge, with the World Trade Centers Twin Towers in the background, and the FDR Drive, with the United Nations headquarters visible.

    On August 10, 1973, Paramount Pictures rejected a demand by the Puerto Rican Action Coalition to withdraw the film for what the coalition called the movies racism.

    Crew

  • Director: Howard Koch
  • Producer: Howard Koch
  • Screenplay: Pete Hamill
  • Music composed and conducted by: J.J. Jackson
  • Director of photography: Arthur J. Ornitz
  • Editor: John Woodcock
  • Associate producer: Lawrence Appelbaum
  • Assistant to the producer: Irwin Yablans
  • Inspired by the exploits of: Eddie Egan
  • Art director: Philip Rosenberg
  • Costumes: Frank Thompson
  • Second unit director: Michael Moore
  • Production manager: Jim DiGangi
  • 1st assistant director: Michael P. Petrone
  • 2nd assistant directors: Robert Grand, Gerrold T. Brandt, Jr.
  • Technical advisor: Eddie Egan
  • Script supervisor: Roberta Hodes
  • Casting: Bernie Styles
  • Set decorator: Edward Stewart
  • Set dresser: Gary Brink
  • Hair stylist: Vern Caruso
  • Property master: Al Griswold
  • Costumer: George Newman
  • Special effects: Conrad Brink
  • Sound recording: Dennis Maitland
  • Re-recording: John Wilkinson
  • Similar Movies

    Eddie Egan appears in Badge 373 and The French Connection. French Connection II (1975). The Connection (2014). Robert Duvall appears in Badge 373 and We Own the Night. Eddie Egan appears in Badge 373 and Cold Steel.

    Critical response

    The critical reaction to Badge 373 was generally negative. In the New York Times, Roger Greenspan pointed out the biases of the film: "All of the evil is perpetrated by Puerto Ricans, either innocent but violent revolutionaries who run around shouting Puerto Rico Libre! or the uninnocent but equally violent nonrevolutionaries who manipulate them. Against such forces, Eddie the hard-nosed cop has only the instincts of his personal bigotry to guide him. And invariably the instincts of his personal bigotry turn out to be right. ... [U]nless you care to hate Puerto Ricans (or Irish cops) I dont see how the movie can have anything for you".

    References

    Badge 373 Wikipedia
    Badge 373 IMDb Badge 373 themoviedb.org


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