The Black Marble (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Black Marble (1980)




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A jaded, alcoholic police veteran is reluctantly assigned to work with an idealistic female police officer on his latest case. Based on the novel by Joseph Wambaugh, this crime drama focuses less on the crimes under investigation as the developing relationship between the two extremely different partners.


Robert Foxworth
as Sgt. A.M. Valnikov
Paula Prentiss
as Sgt. Natalie Zimmerman
Harry Dean Stanton
as Philo Skinner
James Woods
as Fiddler
Barbara Babcock
as Madeline Whitfield
John Hancock
as Clarence Cromwell
Raleigh Bond
as Capt. Hooker
Judy Landers
as Pattie Mae
Pat Corley
as Itchy Mitch
Paul Henry Itken
as Dr. Bambarella
Richard Dix
as Alex Valnikov
Lidia Kristen
as Russian Woman
Lou Cutell
as Limpwood
Marilyn Chris
as Marvis Skinner
Doris Belack
as Married Woman
Dallas Alinder
as Chester Biggs
Elizabeth Farley
as Receptionist
Michael Dudikoff
as Millie's Houseboy
Lou Cuttell
as Limpwood
Jane Daly
as Bullets' Girlfriend
Anne Ramsey
as Bessie Callahan
Michael D. Gainsborough
as Capt. Packerton
Herta Ware
as Grand Duchess
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Critic Reviews for The Black Marble

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

This isn't a seamless piece of work, but it's infectious and charming.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Virtually everything, from the tone to the character relationships, seems slightly off.

July 10, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The issue is that the movie is drawn out to the point that the scenes copy each other and the end product feels repetitive. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 16, 2019 | Full Review…

The Black Marble is an engaging cop drama that stands head and shoulders above others in this genre.

January 29, 2004 | Full Review…

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