Cagney and Lacey (1981)

“I’ve got to find this man. He’s a murderer. ” – Det. Christine Cagney

Number of Times Seen – 1 (27 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Two NYPD policewomen do all they can to prove their worth as crime-fighters in the hope that they will become detectives.

My Take on it – Great pilot movie that really shows the grit of New York while also showing the way that these women try to break the glass ceiling as detectives who can help out in real cases.

The film does a nice job having two separate investigations going on simultaneously and the way that the story moves back and forth between them works quite well.

The film is filled with some great insight into the way that women were treated at the time when trying to show that they need the respect that they deserve with no difference to the kind of work they do (detective, diamond dealer or even call girl).

Tyne Daly made it through all of the incarnations of her character in movies and on the TV show but this pilot starred Loretta Swit as her counterpart and she is perhaps the best of the three actresses who played this character (Sorry Sharon Gless).

As a Jew, I was quite impressed with how they handled the Jewish ultra religious aspects of this story in a pretty realistic manner.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The script for the movie was written in the mid-1970’s. It took many years for the script to be produced because the networks felt that there was no audience for a realistic show about policewomen. When the TV movie aired, it was a ratings smash and inspired a successful series of the same name. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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