Hickey And Boggs

  • 1972
  • 1 HR 51 MIN
  • PG
  • Drama

Cosby and Culp, who teamed successfully on TV's "I Spy" in the mid-1960s, are private eyes hired to track down a lawyer's missing girl friend. They soon find themselves on the trail of $400,000 stolen from a Pittsburgh bank. As it turns out the girl is married to a radical Chicano and is trying to sell the bills by sending out $1,000 samples. They follow...read more

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Cosby and Culp, who teamed successfully on TV's "I Spy" in the mid-1960s, are private eyes hired to track down a lawyer's missing girl friend. They soon find themselves on the trail of $400,000 stolen from a Pittsburgh bank. As it turns out the girl is married to a radical Chicano and is

trying to sell the bills by sending out $1,000 samples. They follow her to the LA Coliseum where they break up a meeting with some buyers, saving the girl's life, though she escapes with the cash. After Cosby's wife is brutally murdered by a mob boss, the detective's search becomes vengeful.

A surprisingly grim film, it dispensed with the more playful aspects of the Culp-Cosby television relationship. This works in the film's favor, but it played against audience expectations, resulting in a box office flop. This was Culp's only venture into movie directing, and he handles the

assignment well, and he and Cosby are both credible in their roles. The screenplay, filled with grit and cynicism, was written by Walter Hill, who later that year wrote Sam Peckinpah's THE GETAWAY. This is film noir with a modern day edge to it.

Jessica Walter, Arrested Development

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