Cops and Robbers (1973 film)

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Cops and Robbers
Cops and robbers (film poster).jpg
Promotional movie poster for the film
Directed by Aram Avakian
Produced by Elliott Kastner
George Pappas
Written by Donald E. Westlake
Starring Cliff Gorman
Joseph Bologna
Music by Michel Legrand
Cinematography David L. Quaid
Edited by Barry Malkin
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
August 15, 1973 (New York City)
August 17, 1973 (U.S. wide)
February 25, 1974 (Sweden)
March 29, 1974 (Finland)
Running time
89 min.
Country United States
Language English

Cops and Robbers is a 1973 crime comedy film directed by Aram Avakian with an original screenplay by Donald E. Westlake which Westlake subsequently expanded into a novel. The film stars Cliff Gorman as Tom and Joseph Bologna as Joe.


Tom and Joe are disillusioned New York City cops who decide to pull off one big robbery in their uniforms and retire on the proceeds. Bearer bonds are what the local Mafia boss will buy, so that's what they go for. Central Park is the location for the switch. Can they come out of it with their lives and the money?


Additional information[edit]

This film was also released under the following titles:

  • Entimotatoi kleftes - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
  • Flics et voyous - France
  • Polícias e Ladrões - Portugal
  • Rosvot ja jeparit - Finland
  • Se ci provi... io ci sto! - Italy
  • Snutar som robbar - Sweden
  • Treffpunkt Central Park - West Germany
  • Unos policías muy ladrones - Spain


Roger Greenspun wrote a favorable review of the film for the New York Times.[1]


  • Main Title (Cops and Robbers)
  • The Sellers
  • Uptown
  • The Buyer
  • Suburbia
  • Downtown
  • Wall Street
  • Papa Joe, The Padrone
  • The Caper
  • The Lush Life
  • The Chase
  • The Sleep Song
  • The Chase (alternate version)

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  1. ^ Greenspun, Roger (August 16, 1973). "Cops and Robbers (1973): Police Team Engineers Caper in 'Cops and Robbers'". The New York Times. If anybody had told me even a week ago about a funny, exciting, semi-plausible, exceptionally intelligent caper movie, I would not have believed him. "Cops and Robbers," despite its title, and despite the slightly dumb-dumb ad campaign that is introducing it, is all those good things and more. It is uncommonly well acted. And it is the first movie in a long time to understand, rather than merely to exploit, its New York City locales. 

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