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It's a seemingly peaceful spring morning in New York City -- graduation day at the Police Academy -- and Police Commissioner Anthony X. Russell (Henry Fonda) is looking forward to giving a speech to the new officers. But all isn't well: Russell's been given apparently incontrovertible evidence that his oldest friend, Chief Inspector Charles Kane (James Whitmore), is shaking down a bar owner, and a black minister (Raymond St. Jacques) is claiming that his son was brutalized when he was picked up for questioning in a rape/assault case. Then Russell gets a call informing him that two… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Don Siegel's proficient acioner launches a whole cycle of urban movies about cops (the good and the bad), including Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Visually creative crime thriller, with brilliant New York City photography."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A pleasing but disjointed film noir."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Attempt for realistic cop story works half the time."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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