Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pam Grier Week! Fort Apache the Bronx

Fort Apache the Bronx (1981) is far more a Paul Newman vehicle than Pam Grier. Newman plays Murphy, a cop with an authority problem. He had made detective, but was busted down to uniform after pissing off a powerful criminal.

Pam's role is short and classic for her. She plays Charlotte, a junkie prostitute who is a killer. She is the boogey-man (woman) throughout the film. The opening scene shows her killing two cops with a pistol; this is the event that drives the rest of the movie. Throughout the rest of the film, Charlotte kills "johns" and is always around, though no one knows she is a killer. Murphy and his partner Corelli (Ken Wahl) even prevent her pimp from beating her up, or at least tell him to "keep it off the street." Her favorite weapon recalls her Blaxploitation days as Coffy and Foxy Brown. Charlotte hides a razor blade in her mouth, and when the time is right, moves it between her teeth and slashes her victim's throat.

The new precinct captain (Ed Asner) wants results, and tells the cops he will not question their actions in producing leads. This causes a huge crackdown on the normally ignored crimes going on. The strong arm police tactics lead to a riot.

The movie is not great. It is at times thoughtful. It is a bleak movie; it always looks like it is about to snow. It is a bit ham-fisted at times. It is worth watching if you like cop dramas. All in all, it is a bit like all the unfunny parts of the Newman classic Slapshot!

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Intro Message

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Charlotte flirting with two rookies.

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Later on...

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What a place to change a tire.

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"This ain't no motel, baby, but it'll do."

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Uh... Is that a razor?

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2 comments:

Keith said...

The pics look great. This is a film I've always wanted to see, but for some reason I never have. I will definitely have to check it out.

Darius Whiteplume said...

Sorry for the delay in responding.

I really think this movie had something to do with the idea behind Hill Street Blues.

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