In the Line of Duty: A Cop For the Killing (1990)


“You know the problem with cops? Whenever something goes wrong, you think it’s gotta be someones fault. That’s just not true! Somethings just happen.” – Barbara

Number of Times Seen – at least 3 times (TV in the 90’s, 8 Nov 2004 and 8 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After a detective is gunned down during a dug deal gone wrong, his whole unit tries to find a way to deal with this tragedy.

My Take on it – This is a film that was made as part of the series of made for TV movies in the late 80’s and 90’s about true stories of police officers killed in the line of duty.

Love how each of the films in this series are quite unique and focus on different aspects of the individual tragedies depicted.

This film takes the position of looking how a murder of a fellow detective can affect his partners in his unit since they all need to try and cope in different ways.

The film has a great cast led by James Farentino, Steven Webber, Charles Haid and Dan Lauria who each must deal with the events in their own personal ways.

The way that they show how even the unit leader,played by Farentino is affected by these events is done really well and shows the camaraderie between cops while also showing that even when tragedies like this happen, they must each find a way to grieve for their fallen comrades despite wanting to use force and vengeance as a way to get through something like this.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Star Charles Haid also served as co-Producer on the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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