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Hickey & Boggs (1972)

Cast: Bill Cosby, Bill Cosby, Robert Culp, more...
Director: Robert Culp, Robert Culp
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Studio: Music Video Distributors
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 107 min.
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This title is currently out of print.

The stars of the witty TV series I Spy were reunited for this downbeat crime thriller, which takes a much darker and more violent look at the lives of two detectives for hire. Al Hickey (Bill Cosby) and Frank Boggs (Robert Culp) are a pair of private eyes who are approached by an attorney to find his girlfriend, who has gone missing. Their investigation leads them to a large sum of money from a Pittsburgh bank robbery. It seems that the woman in question has married the leader of a leftist radical group, who are now trying to find a buyer for the tainted money. An attempt to recover both the money and the girl goes awry when Hickey and Boggs infiltrate a meeting with the radicals; the girl slips away and takes the burgled cash with her. Adding to the disaster, the meeting tips off the identity of the detectives to mobsters dealing with the radicals, and the gangsters execute Hickey's wife in an effort to keep him away from their activities. Hickey and Boggs also features Rosalind Cash, Michael Moriarity, Vincent Gardenia, Isabel Sanford, and James Woods. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

The worst print ever by interzone February 13, 2010 - 4:13 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Be warned, this is one of the worst DVD prints I've ever seen. Probably bootlegged from a VHS copy. In fact, there are better bootleg copies around that come from digital TV broadcast. Rent only if you must.

Dark, Gritty, Great by tboot May 31, 2004 - 9:59 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
I've been wanting to see this for years, but VHS tapes on Ebay were going for collectors prices. Luckily, the film is everything I'd hoped it would be: dark, gritty (literally gritty -- the film has that glorious '70s grainy look), eccentric, depressing. It's a portrait of the underside of LA that is REALLY the underside -- smog, traffic, ubiquitous oil pumps, traffic, crappy apartments and hotels, smog, traffic. This was Culp's only feature film directing job, and it's a good one. It's a wonderful lost slice of that golden age of filmmaking in the '70s.

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