Mike Stone's back and his old partner, Steve Keller, is missing. So Mike heads up an investigation. At the same time, he is investigating another brutal murder. And he is trying to decide which of two inspectors shall he recommend for the position of Lieutenant; a woman who has a "Dirty Harry" tendency or a man who reminds him of Steve Keller.Written by
While it's uncertain whether it was a cameo or not, Michael Douglas was asked to reprise his Steve Keller role from the TV series in this film. Douglas declined due to his rather busy work schedule at the time, shooting "Shining Through" and "Basic Instinct" back to back. See more »
At approximately 48:00 a stray toddler dressed in overalls walks unescorted through the scene and past the building doors as Michael Douglas and Geoffrey Deuel walk out to finish the epilogue scene with Karl Malden on the lower sidewalk. Douglas notices the child and looks in his direction as the toddler continues past. Then a secondary camera cuts to a close-up of Malden and then back to the full shot of Douglas, Malden, and Deuel continuing their walk down the sidewalk at which time an extra in a read jacket walks in their direction. She calmly walks past them and up the steps then at 50:03 she suddenly breaks into a full on sprint in the direction the toddler had been heading; this happens all the while the three actors are continuing their closing summations of this "crime". The woman can barely been seen above on the terrace with the toddler in her arms. See more »
Karl Malden, born Mladen George Sekulovich in 1912, was one of the finest character actors of his generation. The people who know him at all know him from being the commercial pitchman for American Express. Although he appeared on the stage and in the movies -- his big-screen career stretched from 1940 through 1987, with two Oscar nominations and one win -- his homely, broken face and straightforward delivery were also on show for six years in the TV show THE STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO. There, paired with Michael Douglas as two police inspectors, he was nominated four times for an Emmy as Best Leader Actor in a Dramatic Series. Alas, STREETS was a well-regarded show, but its numbers were never great and he never won.
Twenty years after the show's debut, this movie was made. In it, time has passed and Malden (80 years old at the time of the broadcast) is now a police captain, dealing with the changes that time has wrought. He has to make recommendations as to which cop is to be promoted to Inspector, and which to the higher-ranking lieutenancy. One is Conor O'Farrell, a computer-smart man, and the other is Debrah Farentino, who Malden thinks is too hot-headed.
There's also a mystery to solve, when Michael Douglas' character turns up missing, and then dead.
I would like to rate this higher, but despite Malden's vigor and fine acting, and some good playing by the younger actors, it's a by-the-numbers effort, with the stakes raised through the this-time-it's-personal trope. It's still a solid TV movie, and it looks like an attempt to revive the series, with Malden in a senior role, and the two youngsters showing off their different personalities. It might have made a good series.
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