Cinema: Policeman's Lot


Directed by Harold Becker

Screenplay by Richard Price

When did this vast cloud of depression settle over the movies' police force? Possibly when Joseph Wambaugh quit the Los Angeles department and started writing realistic (and highly adaptable) novels about the modern lawman's unhappy lot. In any case, it is now the formula for cop movies: the detective hero is usually divorced, drinking too much and sleeping too little. Often he wonders what it all means -- running around, risking your life and not making any discernible dent in the crime rate.

What saves Frank Keller (Al Pacino) from...

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