The New Centurions (1972)

“There are people out there who would rip that badge off your shirt and stick it up your a** just to say they did it.” – Kilvinski

Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Oct 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A rookie cop is partnered with a veteran and learns how life is for a cop in L.A.

My Take on it – Such a great depiction of the life and work of a dedicated policeman and how people can sometimes get disillusioned by the way that things play out.

Stacy Keach is great here as a married law student who joins the police in order to make ends meet, but begins to love his work thanks to his veteran partner played by George C. Scott.

The story allows for the viewer to get snippets of how this difficult work need st be done and how it slowly begins to take over everything in his life as his family life begins to suffer from the long hours and tough work.

The story might have been better if it was longer because parts feel a bit truncated or rushed even if it does manage to get the point across very well.

The kind of work that these men need to do is usually thankless, but it still can create a deep love for every thing that they do on each shift.

They give a very realistic view of this kind of job and it’s easy to sympathize with everything that these characters must go through due to the way it’s shown.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Apparently, Columbia Pictures paid Joseph Wambaugh, who wrote the novel on which this film was based, a bonus of $1250 for each week his novel stayed on “The New York Times” best-seller list. The novel debuted on the list on February 21, 1971, and stayed on it for 32 weeks, thereby earning Wambaugh a total bonus of $40,000. (From IMDB)

Rating – ??? Worthy (?/10)


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