In the Line of Duty: Blaze of Glory (1997)


600full-in-the-line-of-duty -blaze-of-glory-poster“See, I have this theory that you need three kids to have a real family. That way the kids outnumber the parents. ” – Jill

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 May 2016)

Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of a duo who became a modern Bonnie & Clyde when they began to successfully rob banks in the Chicago area in the early 1990’s and the FBI agents who tracked them.

My Take on it – Back in the late 80’s – early 90’s, NBC made a bunch of made for TV movies based on the actions of criminals who were pursued by cops and subsequently at least one law officer lost his/her life in the line of duty.

I’ve seen a number of them before, but this is one that I missed and I liked the way it was done.

Yes, the story itself is somewhat mediocre, but the characters and actors inject enough life into them that we can easily believe that they are base don real people and real events.

The cast here includes Bradley Whitford (of The West Wing), Lori Loughlin (of Full House) and Bruce Campbell (of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. and of Burn Notice) and all of them give quite intense and realistic performances here.

Many made for TV movies follow a certain formula and it can be sometimes quite easy predicting what will happen, but this one throws us a few curve balls and even things that feel extremely predictable get away with the unexpected.

THis for me, made it even more enjoyable to watch.

Like I said, this isn’t the best from the series, but its a worthwhile movie to watch at least once.

Bottom Line – Not the best in the series, but an average made for TV movie with a pretty good cast. Whitford, Campbell and Loughlin are all intense as their characters and you can believe that this story is true.  I liked that it wasn’t as predictable as expected.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The real story made news in 1991 after Hanover residents Jill Erickson and Jeff Erickson were sought by police for robbing eight banks in the Chicago area. (From Examiner)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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