Fort Apache: The Bronx 1981 ***

The title makes the analogy clear; early eighties New York was pretty much the wild west, at least according to the direction of TV veteran Daniel Petrie. Paul Newman plays Officer Murphy, who has worked his South Bronx detail for nearly two decades. Now president of the screen actors Guild, Edward Asner plays a fellow cop with none of the sweetness of his later turn in Pixar’s up, but it’s Pam Grier (Tarantino’s Jackie Brown ) who steals the show as a razor-blade wielding prostitute. Written By Heywood Gould, and based on the real-life experiences of NYPD cops Thomas Mulhearn and Pete Tessitore, Fort Apache is tough, abrasive and the definition of a city suburb going to hell-in-a-handbasket.


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