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The New Centurions (1972)





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An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.


George C. Scott
as Sgt. Andy Kilvinski
Stacy Keach
as Roy Fehler
Jane Alexander
as Dorothy Fehler
James B. Sikking
as Sgt. Anders
Burke Byrnes
as Phillips
Peter de Anda
as Gladstone
Ed Lauter
as Galloway
Dolph Sweet
as Sgt. Runyon
Debbie Fresh
as Rebecca Fehler
Michael Lane
as Lumberjack
Roger E. Mosley
as Truck Driver
Boyd 'Red' Morgan
as Woodrow Gandy
Pepe Serna
as Young Mexican
Bea Thompkins
as Silverpants
Hilly Hicks
as Young Black
Adriana Shaw
as Drunk Mother
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Critic Reviews for The New Centurions

All Critics (4)

Top-billed George C. Scott is excellent as the veteran policeman who imparts his philosophies on his rookie partner, although it's Stacey Keach, as said partner, who essays the largest role.

August 30, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A bristling little slice of character driven discomfort.

August 25, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The big problem is the screenplay which is, you should excuse the expression, one long cop-out.

January 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Hard hitting, especially for its time, with George C. Scott in lead.

May 25, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for The New Centurions


"The New Centurions" is a matter of fact and episodic take on policemen in Los Angeles that is overwhelmingly sympathetic to the officers and the daily grind of their unglamorous and thankless profession in changing times. As depicted, the job is unpredictable as the cops do not know what may be around the next corner, only to be prepared for the worst.(So, it is ironic that the movie tips its hand in a couple of key scenes.) Made in 1972, the film was made at a time when minorities were beginning to be hired into the ranks as the Supreme Court hands down decisions further defending rights for citizens. So, it stands for Roy Fehler(Stacy Keach), a new recruit and law student, to explain this to his fellow cops, especially Andy Kilvinski(George C. Scott), a veteran beat cop one year away from retirement, who has been partnered with Roy. It is Kilvinski's task to explain the rules to his young partner and how they can bend them without going too far, injecting a human factor into their hopefully courteous interactions with civilians. At first, Roy thinks of his job as a temporary way to provide for his family but as time goes on and he does not quit, tensions grow between him and his wife Dorothy(Jane Alexander). Even though balance is key between professional and personal lives, nobody can quite find it as the job becomes all, as the closest connections the cops have is with each other, the need to trust one's partner coming above everything else.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer


It's presented as a flick that shows the real and rugged side of being cop, but anyone can tell it's a little embellished for your entertainment. That doesn't, however, take away from how effective it is. It's a straight up, gritty film about cop-life that really gets you into the different stars minds, but at the same time doesn't skew the film in such a way as to have you not see them objectively. It's constantly making the characters look good and bad in different lights, sometimes even at the same time. It's episodic nature, beginning with a few new recruits first night on the job, really brings you in and keeps you wanting to see more and more throughout the duration. Obviously George C. Scott is great, but Stacy Keach and Erik Estrada and great in it too. If you dig cop flicks, find this one and watch the dung out of it.

Patrick Dolan
Patrick Dolan

Super Reviewer

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