Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Mar 2016)
Brief Synopsis – An Arizona Highway Patrolman eagerly wants to become a detective and sees his chance when a local hermit is murdered.
My Take on it – This is a movie that my good friend Emma recommended to me and I must admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect mainly because of the very odd title.
After watching this, I obviously understand it more and now it stands out in my mind because it’s so good.
There was actually a time in my life (a bit over a decade ago) where I was a police officer and thought I might be a traffic cop for life and this movie helped bring back some of those memories (pleasant and unpleasant alike).
As a kid, I loved the TV show CHiP’s and this film feels like it was done in a similar style.
The successfully manage to show the banality of giving traffic tickets but still mix in some great drama and motorcycle chases along the way which is really what the life of a traffic cop can be [I’m speaking from experience here 🙂 ]
I really liked Robert Blake’s character and we get inside his head enough to see that on the one hand he is happy with his job, but still wants to use it to springboard himself to other potential jobs in the department.
They were able to explore lots of themes especially psychological ones, but the theme that really stands out for me if the idea that in some way everyone is lonely and that we all must find a way to connect to others because that’s what we are here for. This must be done by finding ways to promote oneself in every aspect of our lives.
Bottom Line – What a powerful film! Blake is amazing here. Loved how this explored so many themes but mainly stuck to the idea about loneliness and self promotion. Was a pleasant reminder of CHiP’s for me because it meshed together typical traffic ticket scenes with so great motorcycle chases which are both par for the course. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The cover for the soundtrack album consists of one large picture, showing seven tall highway patrolmen standing in a line and a short one (Robert Blake)l in the middle of them. Exactly the same picture is hanging on the wall of the office of Capt. Frank Furillo (Daniel J. Travanti) in the TV series Hill Street Blues (1981). (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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