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Busting (1974)




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Peter Hyams made his feature-film directing debut with this clumsily paced crime film concerning two Los Angeles vice-squad detectives. Michael Keneely (Eliott Gould) is the swaggering non-conformist and Patrick Farrel (Robert Blake) is the cocky follower. The two cops live for their work and spend most of their time busting call girls, massage parlor employees, and homosexuals. Keneely and Farrel eventually come to the conclusion that every criminal act in Los Angeles is due to the efforts of crime lord Carl Rizzo (Allen Garfield). The boys begin to harass Rizzo to the point of distraction, but their singular attempts to arrest Rizzo cause them to become the targets of, not only the criminal population, but the police force as well.

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Elliott Gould
as Michael Keneely
Robert Blake
as Patrick Farrel
Sid Haig
as Rizzo's Bouncer
Ivor Francis
as Judge Simpson
Frank Farmer
as Rizzo's Connection
Danny Goldman
as Mr. Crosby
Richard X. Slattery
as Desk Sergeant
Howard Platt
as Carletti
Logan Ramsey
as Dentist
Mimi Doyle
as Mrs. Rosen
Jessica Rains
as Receptionist
Carl Eller
as Huge Black Man
John Furlong
as Policeman
Napoleon Whiting
as Rizzo's Butler
Ron Cummins
as Keneeley's New Partner
Margo Winkler
as Mrs. Rizzo
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Critic Reviews for Busting

All Critics (5)

By itself, Busting exists as a tough little urban police drama with moralistic pretensions. However, in a longer view, from the field, the film is merely a combination of every city cop movie you've ever seen.

December 13, 2021 | Full Review…

...in portraying life as a steaming cess-pit of prostitution, homophobia and general degradation, Busting lays the old, familiar story out in no short order...

September 3, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Moods are dissolved by off-hand joke punch lines.

December 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Forgettable Blake/Gould hippie generation flick

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Busting


Like so many other buddy cop films from the 70s, "Busting" is seriously misguided and bears all the trademarks of a director experimenting with social taboos. Plus, it's severely lacking in almost every aspect designed to make it an enjoyable experience. Elliot Gould and Robert Blake sleepwalk through their roles and have a laughably low amount of chemistry together, even though they do share a few great, but woefully short-lived scenes set in a public bathroom. As well, Peter Hyams' flatfooted direction cripples the film's pace, which is hurt even more by a boring and confused screenplay. "Busting" just takes way too long to get started and when it finally does, it completely unravels and falls apart when it reaches its silly, poorly executed finale, which is embarrassingly free of suspense. I usually like giving older, lesser known films a chance, but this one deserves to stay forgotten.

Stephen Earnest
Stephen Earnest

Super Reviewer

A very cynical buddy cop movie from the seventies with some sharp, funny dialogue and real chemistry between the stars Elliot Gould and Robert Blake. A little known gem that Hyams virtually remade in the 80s as Running Scared.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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