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Brock's Last Case (1973)

A New York City cop who has retired to a small Western town is drawn into the local case of an Indian who is accused of murdering a sheriff.

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David Lowell Rich
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... Lieutenant Max Brock
Henry Darrow ... Arthur Goldencorn
Beth Brickell ... Ellen Ashley
David Huddleston ... Jack Dawson
Henry Beckman ... Jake Hinkley
Will Geer ... J. Smiley Krenshaw
John Anderson ... Joe Cuspis
Michael Burns ... Stretch Willis
Pat Morita ... Sam Wong
Victor Mohica Victor Mohica ... Red-Eye
Jean Allison ... Alma Gamm
Vaughn Taylor ... Doc Walters
Dub Taylor ... Judge Robbins
Rudy Bond ... McNulty
Richard Hale ... Hathaway
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Frustrated with a flawed and lenient justice system, New York City police lieutenant Max Brock decides to quit his police job and take an early retirement.Over the years he invested in his retirement dream, a dream farm on an orange grove, where he plans to grow citrus and watch the sunsets from his front porch.Confident in his decision to retire early, even at half pension, Max Brock offends his boss by refusing to continue his work for the department and quits.However, when he arrives in the Southern town where he invested in his orange grove farm, Brock is shocked by a series of unpleasant surprises. Written by nufs68

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brocks letzter Fall See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Originally meant to serve as the pilot for star Richard Widmark's first (and only) television series, "Brock's Last Case" met with indifference at NBC, and the network instead asked Widmark to reprise "Madigan" from the 1968 Universal theatrical film that earned high ratings when telecast on the network. Widmark and Universal agreed, and the star made his TV series bow in the "Madigan" segment of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie which aired in the 1972-1973 season. "Brock's Last Case" aired as a "World Premiere Movie" on NBC during the same season. See more »

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11 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the early 1970s, TV wanted Richard Widmark and "Brock's Last Case" was a made for TV movie that might have become a TV series. However, it wasn't received so well by the powers that be and instead they gave the green light to a different Widmark show, a TV version of "Madigan". I have never seen the TV version of "Madigan" but movie-wise, the original "Madigan" is much better than "Brock's Last Case"...so I can see why they made the choice they made.

When the film begins, Brock (Widmark) is working on his final case for the NYPD. He's had enough and is retiring to an orange ranch he bought some time ago. However, apparently Brock is a total moron and never visited the place and just assumed it was peachy...which it wasn't. Instead it's a dump and Brock knows nothing about orange growing. However, soon his focus is on a murder--and the local police would love to have Brock's help...and so would Brock's supervisor at the ranch, as he's the accused killer.

The film is just okay. Part of the problem was using arrows to kill people--it just seems silly. The rest is that the killer was some fat old guy who was about as scary as the Pillsbury Doughboy. Not brilliant but passable entertainment only.


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