Cinema: Police Brutality

FUZZ

Directed by RICHARD COLLA

Screenplay by EVAN HUNTER

As any devotee of detective fiction knows, the most famous police station in the country is Author Ed McBain's 87th Precinct, where the cops are gruff, sentimental and occasionally fallible, but almost always good at their jobs. Fuzz is based on a blotter full of their exploits, but if the boys at the 87th ever see it, they'll have an open and shut case of criminal impersonation on their hands.

The cops in Fuzz are the Keystone variety: louts and lovable fumblers who succeed at their work mostly out of dumb luck. The precinct...