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Hickey & Boggs (1972)

Hickey & Boggs (1972)

Here's a movie from the good old days when you could actually read through the credits and count the names, when blood looked like red paint (it might have been red paint too), people had fun behind the camera and weren't all too stressed on set either. Not all too set on making the action as pompous and extravagant as possible, but they did give it an edge.

It's a down to Earth action drama featuring Bill Cosby and Robert Culp, as maybe the first ever black and white cop duo in a movie, maybe the first in what seems to have become an entire genre since then. If you do know of any earlier titles, post a comment! Though, they aren't actually cops, they're PI's.

PI, short for Private Investigator, a tough and ungratuitous occupation. What starts as a simple case to track down a girl, for 'romantic purposes', quickly evolves into a series of near death experiences, a loss of loved ones, both the criminals and the cops hunting them down for different reasons, and in the end: one final showdown on a warm sandy beach.

One particular thing I like with this movie are the bullet holes, as seen in the image above. As long as the weapons are hitting inanimate objects, it looks like they're actually firing live rounds. Small explosive charges detonated from a distance, maybe? Small detonations camouflaged inside actual bullet holes that are blown free and revealed? Whatever trick they're using, I imagine it wouldn't be allowed now! If someone with professional aim isn't in fact firing live rounds. Which is why watching movies from the seventies is a special experience! Not incredibly exciting all the way through, but down-to-Earth and realistic with a few bouts of extra action. Good watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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