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The Police Connection (1973)

The Mad Bomber (original title)
R | | Action, Crime, Drama | April 1973 (USA)
Los Angeles detectives Minelli and Blake must track down a serial rapist who may know the identity of a mentally disturbed bomber.

Director:

Bert I. Gordon

Writers:

Bert I. Gordon (screenplay), Marc Behm (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Edwards ... Lieutenant Geronimo Minneli
Chuck Connors ... William Dorn
Neville Brand ... George Fromley
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Inspector Blake
Christina Hart ... Fromley's Victim
Faith Quabius Faith Quabius ... Martha
Ilona Wilson Ilona Wilson ... Mrs. Fromley
Nancy Honnold Nancy Honnold ... Anne Dorn
Ted Gehring ... Police Chief Marc C. Forester
Jeff Burton ... Sgt. Gribble
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Miss Roman
Paula Mitchell Paula Mitchell ... Shelly the Stripper
Cynthia MacAdams Cynthia MacAdams ... Mrs. Dorn (as Cynthia McAdams)
Brett Hadley Brett Hadley ... Vice Squad Officer
Royce D. Applegate ... Man in Car (as Roy Applegate)
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Storyline

William Dorn decides to get back at all the people he blames for the overdose death of his daughter and the break up of his marriage, so he decides to go on a bombing spree. His first target is his daughter's old high school, which he all but destroys. His next target is the mental hospital where his daughter was when she died and his final target is the feminist organization his ex-wife was a member of. However, during his attack on the hospital there are two people who witness this action, a creepy rapist named George Fromley and his victim, a young mute girl. When police detective Geronimo Minelli is assigned to the case he must find Fromley not only to keep him from striking again, but to keep him alive before the Dorn makes him his next victim. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Taglines:

THE MAD BOMBER - He's blowing up the town piece by piece. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Police Connection See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

College Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Also released under the title The Mad Bomber. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[man throws cup on sidewalk]
William Dorn: You just littered the street.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: But it was empty.
William Dorn: Well, I want you to go back and pick up your trash.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: What?
William Dorn: I said I want you to go back and pick it up.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: Like hell I will.
William Dorn: It's people like you that make our world filthy my friend. You're a pig! Did you hear what I said? Tell me.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: It's people like me that make our world filthy, I'm a pig.
[...]
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Current (2005) DVD releases have all nudity and much of the violence cut See more »

Connections

References The Boy and the Pirates (1960) See more »

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Reaching Out
by Dan Yordan
Vocal by Nancy Honnold
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Highly Entertaining Mix of Action and Sleaze
27 February 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Police Connection (1973)

*** (out of 4)

A Los Angeles cop (Vince Edwards) is trying to track down a mad bomber (Chuck Connors) but he hasn't any witness or evidence. This all changes when the bomber attacks a hospital at the same time a rapist (Neville Brand) attacks a woman. The cop figures if he can catch the rapist he can then find out who the bomber is.

Bert I. Gordon will always be remembered for his "big" movies like THE AMAZING COLOSSAL MAN, VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS and THE CYCLOPS but this film here is very far from them. In fact, I must say that this here is the best movie I've seen from Gordon and it's a real shame that he didn't continue making movies like this. If you know the director then you know he followed this up returning to his "big" roots with THE FOOD OF THE GODS and EMPIRE OF THE ANTS.

I was really shocked at how entertaining this film was and especially in its uncut form. Gordon made a career out of "safe" movies but that's certainly not the case here as it earns its R-rating. The violence is quite graphic at times but what really stands out is the sleaze factor. You've got all sorts of full frontal nudity as well as some kinky moments dealing with a subplot of the rapist. Not only do you have some great explosions that shows off the action but the rape scenes are also filmed quite well for this period.

The performances here are another major plus. Edwards is extremely good and believable as the cop who will stop at nothing to bring down the bomber. Brand gets the sleazy role as the rapist and he does an extremely effective job with it. His character is certainly lower than dirt and Brand's performance just makes you feel how dirty this guy is. I was also very impressed with Connors who was flawless in the role as the bomber. This guy has several mental issues and I thought the actor perfectly captured all of this.

The film, also known as THE MAD BOMBER, was apparently really cut down for its television and video release so you certainly want to make sure that you're watching the uncut version. The sleaze and action factor are quite high and that makes this Gordon's best picture.


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