In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988)


fbi“As far as descriptions: all we have is two males, ages and race unknown. Height 5’10 to 6 feet. weight 170 to 200 lbs” – Gordon McNeill

Number of Times Seen – 2 (8 Jun 1999 and 18 Apr 2016)

Brief Synopsis – True story of the FBI manhunt for two violent bank robbers and the bloody battle that ensued when they finally found them.

My Take on it – Back in the late 80’s/early 90’s, NBC (I think ) started a series of made for TV movies that were based on some of the most gripping law enforcement stories that resulted in some of them falling “In the Line of Duty”.

This (if memory serves) was one of the first of the series and is also one of the best.

Most of this film is the cat and mouse chase between the FBI agents and the bank robbers where they are pretty clueless about the identity of one another.

We are introduced to all of the characters on both sides of the law gradually and we get to form our own opinions about each and every one of them before the final confrontation.

The cast here is great with Ronny, David Soul, Michael Gross and Bruce Greenwood being the most famous of them all.  Each and every one of them does a pretty good job and we feel an attachment to many of the characters before the shootout itself.

The shootout itself is done very well and after reading a transcript of the actual story, it seems like they were able to recreate it pretty accurately.

This and Ambush in Waco (1993) are the best of the whole series, but most are watchable for a good and gripping tale of men who were lost “in the line of duty”.

Bottom Line – Great based on a true story movie that takes its time introducing us to the characters before the final confrontation which helps us care about what will happen. Excellent performances by Soul, Cox, Gross and Greenwood. One of the best in this series about slain law enforcement officers. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This film is about a real event that occurred April 11, 1986.  The story concludes with one of the bloodiest clashes in FBI history, the 1986 FBI Miami shootout. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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One thought on “In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988)

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