Genre Guesstimation – Report to the Commissioner (1975)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Paul of Silver Screen Classics and we will be reviewing our favorite New York Films of the 70’s.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jun by sending them to NYC70spaul@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Paul!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of New York Films of the 70’s….

“Now listen Beauregard, because the lesson is this. Nothin’ nothin’ is ever what it looks like. Always know who the players are. You got to know who the players are. You got to know who the actors are. And never move until you know that. And don’t just be knowing it. Know it! ” – Richard ‘Crunch’ Blackstone

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Jun 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Following the death of an undercover agent, the NYC Police commissioner orders that a detailed report be compiled explaining how the events transpired.

My Take on it – While seeking out films to watch for this month’s genre, I accidentally came across this film and decided to see what it was all about.

The premise and title says it all and they find a way to enhance things by developing all of the characters really well.

This helps us get to know why they each act as they do as the story gets deeper and deeper into things.

The film has a great cast in integral roles and even in some very small bit parts.

Yaphet Kotto, Michael Moriarty, Susan Blakely, Hector Elizondo, Tony King and Michael Mcguire are all great in their integral roles.

In addition, it was very enjoyable seeing Vic Tayback, Dana Elcar, William Devane and Richard Gere in small roles that enhance the tension in the story.

These performances all make the story feel more genuine and believable as things get more and more complex along the way.

The pacing of the story is done well and allows for things to be seen from various perspectives which helps enhance the story as it moves along.

This film doesn’t sugar coat police work and allows the viewer to get a much deeper understanding of how things truly work on the street.

I liked the fact that the story doesn’t necessarily follow any specific character along the way and this helps show how many people can be involved in such cases especially when all is never as it seems.

This is the kind of film that would be enhanced by multiple viewings in order to try and catch everything that is happening because it’s so detailed and complex in all that it does and delivers things in a very gripping and powerful way throughout.

I can’t wait to see it again for that very reason.

Bottom Line – Such a gripping story that works really well throughout. The characters are all developed really well and this helps us get a better understanding of how everything would eventually happen. The cast is great and they allow us to truly believe some of the complex situations that they get into along the way. The way that the story unfolds is compiled really well and the added advantage of seeing certain events from various perspectives lets us see how the police work affect those involved as they get deeper and deeper into the events of the story.  The choice to not focus specifically on any of the characters as the lead also works in showing how many people are involved even in a seemingly straight forward situation.  Looking forward to eventually seeing this again one day because it is presented in such a gripping and powerful way. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The report to the commissioner about the June 11, 1974 incident is dated and submitted September 11, 1974. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Absolutely!  This is such a gripping film told in a very unique way that works really well throughout.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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