(Elliott Gould, Robert Blake, Allen Garfield, Antonio Fargas, Michael Lerner, et al / DVD / NR / (1974) 2011 / Warner Bros. Archive Collection)
Overview: Elliott Gould and Robert Blake star in this comedy/drama about vice officers, assigned to the mean streets of L.A., who wage a war against crooked cops on the force.
DVD Verdict: Peter Hyams' debut movie is a forgotten movie jewel from 1973. It's a typical early seventies cop and action thriller about two police officers (Elliott Gould and Robert Blake) hunting a mafia boss and finding out that the villain is co-operating with police officials.
Blake and Gould (who is incredibly "groovy" looking) are giving fine performances in this dirty little picture. They are doing raids in whore houses and gay bars, they are beaten up by gangsters and often use their guns to get what they want. Their characters are not far away from those of Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider in 'French Connection' which has clearly influenced the settings, tempo and plot of this movie.
Some high points of 'Busting' next to the main actors are the funky, Lalo-Schifrin-style sound track and a big showdown between the cops and a bunch of gangsters in a shopping mall battered with people. You can also find those certain hints of conspiracies and paranoia all over this movie that became benchmarks for later Peter Hyams films such as 'Capricorn One,' 'Outland,' or 'Star Chamber.' Watch this incredible seventies movie, you won't regret it! (FYI - This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.) This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Warner Archive Collection