The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on December 16, 1973 · 555
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 555

Los Angeles, California
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Sunday, December 16, 1973
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to John Lindsay who has to explain in embarrassment that the mayor thinks the start of a long, hot ghetto summer is no time to discredit the police. Allan Rich is the district attorney eager for the headlines but not eager to do more than slap a few wrists. M. Emmet Walsh is the police chief and Charles Delaney is the commissioner, both adamant against hanging the department's filthy laundry in public. They are all just right. Pacino is not the sole honest man around. Ed Grover is first-rate as an inspector no less harassed by the corruption around him and John Randolph is the Bronx division commander who, with Roberts, persuades Pa cino that the last resort is to spill the talc to the newspaper. Chief among the spoiled cops are Jack Kehoe, as a pal who has sold out to the system, and Norman Ornellas as one of the bag-men. Bill McGuire gives a fine portrayal of an inspector strong enough to want to help but too weak to bring himself to do it. George Ede" and John Lehne arc investigators whose own efforts to bring action are blocked by the brass. "Serpico" has sex, violence, furious action, suspense,' a perhaps surprising amount of humor and compassion, and a consistent feeling for the realities of the moments, the settings and the police life. If there is a complaint, it is that the movie takes for granted we understand the why of the corruption. There have always been rogue cops; "Serpico" implies that the good guys have become the exceptions. There are at least glancing sugges-tions here of the police as men asked to be knightly, nightly, to be self-sacrificing and noble while they are being grossly underpaid in a society which rewards its thieves and expense account bandits far better. But there is little of the theme, which runs through 'The New Centur- ions" and Joseph Wambaugh's other works, for example, of the increasing sense of isolation from his fellow men which a policeman must feel these days, an awareness that out of social changes he has grown to be feared rather than admired and is not unjustified in putting on paranoia along with his blue suit and service revolver. No movie, as a friend said, can do it Please Turn to Page 102 "MieaiGHT collar a 4TN WKI MATS. SAT. ft SUN. HOFFMAN V0I6HT (R) PIUS DICK TRACY Ftl. ft SAT. CEORGESEGALRUTH GORDON I "WHERE'S POPPA?" I ADULT MOVIES ADULT MOVIES ADULT MOVIES EXCLUSIVE - MUST END TUESDAY 9 (THE LAST THRILL) EXTRA: S.F. GOLDEN BOY SHOW (NEW) i r r m LA. PREMIERE WED., DEC. 19: weayaajyij k .m.,r , J 2U A TOOM SMASHES RLL IIJJ t RECORDS IN NOHOW lp"V4rIiw M PRfMIERE! Jl , r, - :J.jfi ? li.iiULK.s " r ixwc1? ' Jilt JANUARY 16; THE LEGENDARY I . T , , BOBBY KESDALl JJf K i Jn the Greco-Roman Stunner ..UL.C.QLQR WORLD-FAMOUS Early Bird Only $3.0( $ west Hollywood MONDAY FRIDAY 8183 SANTA MONICA BLVD. at Crescent Ms. 8 MIDNITE SHOWS EVERY FRIDAY AND SATUROAY GRAND OPENING 129 N. Raymond 79&-3I31 (1 Blk. North of Colorado) I starring ORIGINAL UMCUt I 1 ' ox oiceOperHi Daily 12:15 A.M; f "X" Rated No one under 17 admitted. LOS ANGELES PREMIERE ! (MALE ADULT ENTERTAINMENT) 5- -vtf' DOORS OPEN DAILY AT 10:45 a.m. MIDNIGHT SHOW NiGHTLY LATE SHOW FRI.-SAT. 2:15a. m 5115 HOLLYWOOD BLVD. 888-2822 j iitkuf ',,7 1 " 5115 MOttWOO StVD "taj (MALE AOULT ENTERTAINMENT) the Mitchell Brothers Film Group presents ' ' . " GEORGINA SPEVLIN t H yJ) 7LD.Ir 1 5z (HflUYWOflDA i i SHOWTIMES AT All THEATRES 'OEVIl '- 10 AM 12 30 3 PM 5 30 8 00 10 30 PM HOLLYWOOD"- 11:10 AM 1:40 4:10 6 40 9:10 Fri ( Sat Only At 1 1:40 PN Plus these additional shows at THE CAVE (open all night) "OEVIL" 1 AM ' 3 30 AM 6 AM H0LLYWOOO" 2:10 AM 4 40 AM I Marilyn Chambers-Johnnie Keyes in Group Rales Available- Student and Senior Citizens Discounts ..:.WA:i:;::::W:W;A:! .JiAi-.wJ,.,....,.,-A..-J NGLEVVOOD iJrbURTr,yTARii I 5112 Wilshlro 3e-e21t 142 Mark.1 c-n.aa,-. 2 blocks east of La Brea ., . ,,7 i Free Parking after 6 p.m. Free Parking FOUR STAR Times: 12:3a 2:00 3:30 5:00 :30 8:00 9:30 11:00 Late Show Fit, Sat. 1 2:30 INGLEWOOO Times: 10:09 11 :30 1:00 2.30 4 00 5:30 7:00 0:30 10:00 Late Show Sat. 11:30 i 6S72800 TSS N LA CIENfGA ; tfteif fR tf(r0Hf t Si Ml Utfltt I" I OPEN ALL NIGHT 463 8263 H(t'yodiI Svd it V'flf li C0i?giW 929 0B f I wk shire at.g . 345-2222 1 V"tu' i4 nftr CD'Ilrti m ' TOPAR TMEATPES SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT 'TWO CLASS'CS OF THS MALE SCHEM i j u J ''W' "if " COME TO WHERE THE MEN ARE f) The agnificent .c. icrr I Cowboys 5I1S HOLIVWOOO LVO START DEC 1 IAT MORMANOIE) " THE LIGHT mn ooir fNTtaTAimamti FROM THE OOMS 0S MKT at II 4Sia 1 NO. STORY CI SH0 (vtir IWNt WINDOW" 331 N. Breokhurst, Anaheim X Kated-ColorT.V. Mirrors Waterbeds, Etc. 15.00 ti $25.00 Reservations (714) 776 0750 BACK BY OEMANO! ALL . MALE ACTION IN COLOR (EARLY BIRO BARGAIN TIL NOON MON- f Rl) 5Ylj- ON THE EASTSIOEI Mollfwoo - Lot Anoetts 666-9070 4471 SUNSCT orave (Hollywood ana SuohM OPHM ALL NITE 'TIL 4AM Zo3$in$tU& Uimejaf calendar, Sunday, December i 6, 1973 o fORTY-sNINE

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