Crime Story

NBC (ended 1988)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 22

    Going Home (3)

    Aired 5/10/88

  • S 2 : Ep 21

    Escape (2)

    Aired 5/3/88

  • S 2 : Ep 20

    Pursuit (1)

    Aired 4/26/88

  • S 2 : Ep 19

    The Hearings

    Aired 4/5/88

  • S 2 : Ep 18


    Aired 3/29/88

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jon Polito

    Phil Bartoli (1986-1987)

  • Jay O. Sanders

    Steve Kordo [ 1 ]

  • Stephen Lang

    David Abrams

  • Dennis Farina

    Michael Torello

  • Bill Smitrovich

    Sgt. Danny Krychek

  • show Description
  • Set in 1960s Chicago and Las Vegas in which the police force wage an uncompromising war on the Mob. Chicago police lieutenant Mike Torello wages an epic battle against organized crime in Michael Mann's arresting combination of cops and robbers, prime time soap, and film noir. Like Eliot Ness and the Untouchables, Torello and his Major Crimes Unit (MCU) have a formidable opponent in Ray Luca, a young, ambitious thug who'll do whatever it takes to claw his way to the top. ==================== Runtime: 60 min (42 episodes) Country: USA Language: English Color: Color Sound Mix: Mono Certification: Iceland:12 (some episodes) / Canada:14A (Manitoba) (DVD rating) / Iceland:16 (some episodes) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (DVD rating) / Canada:G (Quebec) (DVD rating) ======================= Filming Locations 1. Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico 2. Chicago, Illinois, USA (1986-87) 3. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (1987-88) ======================= Release dates USA -- 18 September 1986 France -- 1 October 1988 West Germany -- January 1989 UK -- 4 May 1989 Sweden -- 8 September 1991 ======================= SERIES Trivia: * The series ends, quite maddeningly, with a cliffhanger. * When the story was first brought to producer Michael Mann, he said he thought the best way to tell the story was as a weekly series. He said he considered doing it as a feature film or a made for television movie as well. * The theme music used for the series was an updated version of the hit song "Runaway" recorded by the original singer Del Shannon. ======================= Production Companies * Michael Mann Productions * New World Television Distributors * Anchor Bay Entertainment (USA) (DVD) * National Broadcasting Company (NBC) (original airing) ========================= SERIES Goofs: * Anachronisms: During the series run, you can clearly see many post 1963 cars in the background. * Anachronisms: All the 1959 Fords the team drive have 1964 Ford poverty hubcaps. ======================= Crazy Credits 1. Al Kooper ... Guy who picks music for the show ======================= Awards Emmy Awards 1988 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series -- Bunny Parker (hairstylist) -- [For episode "Moulin Rouge"] 1987 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling for a Series -- Bunny Parker (hairstylist) -- [For episode "Top of the World"] 1987 -- Nominated -- Outstanding Cinematography for a Series -- James A. Contner -- [For episode "Top of The World"] ======================= CREW: Directed by Colin Bucksey James A. Contner Eugene Corr Robert Dalva Francis Delia Mario DiLeo (as Mario Di Leo) Bill Duke Jan Eliasberg Leon Ichaso David Jackson Paul Krasny Aaron Lipstadt Peter Medak Alan Myerson John Nicolella James Quinn Mark Rosner David Soul Jeff Stein Abel Ferrara (pilot) Gary Sinise (episode "Fortune in Men's Eyes") (episode "Torello on Trial") (as Gary A. Sinise) Writing credits (in alphabetical order) Chuck Adamson creator Chuck Adamson various episodes Nancy Audley writer James Becket writer Eric Blakeney writer David J. Burke pilot and various episodes Clifton Campbell writer Howard Chesley writer Carlton Cuse writer (three episodes) Richard Christian Danus writer Loraine Despres writer Robert Eisele writer Gail Morgan Hickman writer Peter Lance writer (multiple episodes 1987-1988) Lee Maddux writer Michael Mann writer Ann Powell writer Frederick Rappaport writer Gustave Reininger creator Gustave Reininger story (pilot) Gustave Reininger teleplay (pilot) Gustave Reininger various episodes Mark Rosner writer Rose Schacht writer Ken Solarz writer Tom Towler writer Peyton Webb writer Allan Weisbecker writer Yabo Yablonsky writer Produced by Chuck Adamson .... coordinating producer (1987-1988) Stuart Cohen .... producer Gail Morgan Hickman .... producer Michael Jaffe .... producer Brooke Kennedy .... associate producer Marvin Kupfer .... supervising producer Johnny Lattanzio .... associate producer Michael Mann .... executive producer Peter R. McIntosh .... producer Mark Rosner .... co-producer Christine A. Sacani .... associate producer Ervin Zavada .... producer Original Music by Charlie Calello (as Charles Calello) Al Kooper Non-Original Music by Todd Rundgren Del Shannon (theme song "Runaway") Cinematography by James A. Contner Ronald Víctor García Film Editing by Terence Anderson Tom Benko Rose Kuo Tim Tobin Casting by Bonnie Timmermann Production Design by Stephen Dane Jeffrey Howard John Iacovelli Hilda Stark Art Direction by Cate Bangs Hilda Stark Costume Design by Lynette Bernay Patricia Field Marilyn Matthews Debra McGuire (as Deborah McGuire) Makeup Department Tony DiMaria .... hair designer: Paul Anka Tena Parker-Liddiard .... key hair stylist John Rizzo .... makeup department head Kathe Swanson .... hair stylist Jerry Turnage .... makeup artist Production Management Henry Bronchtein .... unit production manager Brooke Kennedy .... unit production manager Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director James Giovannetti Jr. .... second assistant director (as Jim Giovannetti) Fred Miller .... first assistant director Sebastián Silva .... assistant director: Mexico Michael Waxman .... second assistant director Art Department Johnny Lattanzio .... construction coordinator Timothy W. Tiedje .... set dresser Sound Department Ed Callahan .... sound editor Scott D. Smith .... sound mixer Rik Elliott .... virtual 5.1 mixes for DVD (uncredited) Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (uncredited) Special Effects by Ken Speed .... special effects coordinator Stunts Gregory J. Barnett .... stunts Andy Gill .... stunts: car chase Other crew Chuck Adamson .... executive story editor (1986-1987) Paolo Cascio .... additional second assistant camera Bill Davis .... armorer Sean Doyle .... camera operator Alan Greedy .... script supervisor Gail Morgan Hickman .... executive story consultant Michael Hofstein .... director of photography: second unit Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera (as Randy Johnson) Tommy Klines .... assistant camera Peter Lance .... story editor (multiple episodes 1987-1988) John Santucci .... technical advisor Del Shannon .... singer: title theme (1986-1988) Rony Shino .... location assistant Ken Solarz .... story editor Tom Towler .... story editor Randee Lynne Jensen .... special projects coordinator (uncredited) ==========================moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Al Capone: Handwritten sign in Torello's office: You can get much farther with a kind word and a gun than you can get with a kind word alone.

    • Steadman: Who are you? Who do you work for? Luca: Let's look at it this way, Mr. Steadman. There's an angel perched on your shoulder. We're looking after you, that's all. Steadman: Look, I was part of building this union. I stood on picket lines, I froze, I fought scabs--and dozens of punks like you. This union works for its membership. You got something to take up with it? You pay your dues, you do the job. And it's not for sale to no lowlifes. And I don't need anybody looking after me. Now you get out of here before you are carried out.

    • Torello (to hotel clerk): Now, listen. My wife and I are here to have a nice vacation. Either you accommodate us, or I'm going to knock you into the middle of next Wednesday.

    • Walter: This is the law that prevails all over the land! You're all under arrest!

    Notes (10)

    • Miles Davis appears in the jazz club scene.

    • The episode ends with Hector's arrest and as usual comes the "To Be Continued" caption even though there was no follow-up to Hector's arrest.

    • This is the first episode which does not end with "To Be Continued".

    • It is on the season one DVD set as the last episode of disk 2. There are conflicted reports as to if this episode ever aired. Some sites list the airdate as 12/05/1986. Some say it never aired.

    • Al Kooper is credited as "Guy who picks music for the show".

    • Del Shannon's name appears on one of the Las Vegas marquees.

    • This is the last show to be filmed on location in Chicago.

    • Torello and his team don't appear in this episode.

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    Trivia (7)

    • All the 1959 Fords the team drive have 1964 Ford poverty hubcaps. Also during the series run, you can clearly see many post 1963 cars in the background.

    • John Santucci, who played mobster and safecracker Pauli Taglia, was, in his real past, a notorious jewel thief. The museum score depicted in the pilot episode was based on a real heist in which Santucci participated. In his previous career Santucci had been arrested by both Adamson and Farina.

    • Before becoming an actor, Dennis Farina was a member of the Chicago police department, as was series creator Chuck Adamson. The two were partners in Chicago's Central Investigative Unit, the real-life counterpart to the "Major Crimes Unit" in the series. In 2004, Farina joined the cast of Law & Order; his character transferred to the NYPD from Chicago.

    • Julia Roberts appeared as a juvenile rape victim in this episode. It was her first TV appearance.

    • Deborah Harry appeared in the second to last episode of season 1, "Top Of The World", as the girlfriend of mobster Ray Luca. She did not sing.

    • Kevin Spacey appeared in second season premiere as a crusading, Kennedy-esque Senator. This was his first television appearance.

    • A Haagen Dazs sign is visible in this episode.

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Sgt. Torello of the Major Crimes Unit takes on organized crime in Chicago and later, Las Vegas.

    By senorsock, Nov 14, 2008

  • Greatly missed...

    By lady_choice, Jun 10, 2007

  • You won't be disappointed.

    By da_dunker, May 02, 2007

  • This was the ultimate cop show!

    By McBurgermeister, Oct 23, 2006

  • Set in the early 1960\'s, Crime Story illustrates the exploits of the Major Crimes Unit of the Chicago Police department. Headed by Mike Torello, the MCU takes on gangsters much in the same fashion of Eliot Ness decades earlier.

    By Storm2u, Aug 01, 2006

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