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Number One with a Bullet (1987)

A pair of detectives is assigned to investigate a murder, and discover a trail of corruption and criminal activity that leads right back to their own police department.

Director:

Jack Smight

Writers:

Gail Morgan Hickman (story), Gail Morgan Hickman (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carradine ... Det. Barzak
Billy Dee Williams ... Det. Hazeltine
Valerie Bertinelli ... Teresa Barzak
Peter Graves ... Capt. Ferris
Doris Roberts ... Mrs. Barzak
Bobby Di Cicco ... Malcolm
Ray Girardin Ray Girardin ... Lt. Kaminski
Barry Sattels ... DeCosta
Mykelti Williamson ... Casey (as Mykel T. Williamson)
Jon Gries ... Bobby Sweet (as Jonathan Gries)
Richard Minchenberg ... Lepidus
Michael Goodwin ... Pogue
LaGena Hart LaGena Hart ... Blonde
Alex Rebar ... Boudreau
Artie Ripp Artie Ripp ... Rotweiler
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After a string of bad luck with their undercover operations, a duo of narcotics cops realizes that there must be a mole in their department, and their suspicion falls on their own captain, who never gives them a break. Nick, the hothead who's still in love with his ex-wife, is determined to prove that a local respected businessman is the head of the organization. But his pragmatic & debonair partner, Frank, agrees with the entire rest of the police force: Nick is crazy. After a forced vacation, they go a little beyond the law to bust the crime boss & find the mole. Written by Steve83

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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Trivia

James Belsuhi was originally cast as Detective Nicholas Barzak. Belushi even worked on the screenplay, but other commitments got in the way and he was replaced by Robert Carradine. Belushi received a "screenplay by" on the film. See more »

Goofs

When the blonde returns DeCosta's serve, another ball is bouncing in the lower right as he runs away from camera. See more »

Quotes

Det. Barzak: [Chasing a gunman through the streets] Freeze! Police! FREEZE! I don't know why I tell 'em to freeze - they never freeze.
[Gunman gets hit by cab; goes thru windshield]
Det. Hazeltine: He shoulda froze.
Det. Barzak: Well, it's not like we didn't tell him, man.
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Connections

Referenced in Kidnapped: Number One with a Bullet (2006) See more »

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Just Friends
Music by John Klenner and words by Sam Lewis (as Sam M. Lewis)
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Nuthin' I like better than a good 'MOM' joke.
9 July 2006 | by steve83-1See all my reviews

No one will ever say this was a "great film", but it's still got plenty of redeeming qualities that place it far above most of the tripe Hollywierd is pumping out these days. An endless stream of subtle but hilarious one-liners ("Man, I was just on the toilet thinking' about you. Ain't life a bitch?" and "I guess he shoulda froze." "Well, it's not like we didn't tell him."), scene setups that have been copied to death for their comic potential (like the drying-out scene), and the cliché but still fresh presentation of a classic buddy-movie. Even the annoying characters (like Mom) are somehow entertaining in their own way. It doesn't surprise me that this title is conspicuously absent from rental shelves, but I, for one, will be glad when it's finally available on DVD.

PS I still find myself quoting this movie at least once a week: "No, thanks. I'm on a low-mucous diet." :-D


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alvos Humanos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$210,761, 1 March 1987

Gross USA:

$410,952

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$410,952
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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