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Fuzz (1972)





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This comedy affectionately spoofs police dramas and boasts a screenplay by Evan Hunter, the real name behind the detective novels of "Ed McBain," whose works were extremely popular in Germany, giving rise to over thirty films. In this story, The Deaf Man (Yul Brynner) repeatedly targets local politicians for bombings, and detectives Carella, Meyer, Brown and King (Burt Reynolds, Jack Weston, James McEachin and Tom Skerritt) are the policemen assigned to track him down. All are distracted by the charms of Detective McHenry (Raquel Welch). Though nothing runs smoothly at the stationhouse, the search continues.


Burt Reynolds
as Detective Steve Carella
Raquel Welch
as Detective Eileen McHenry
Yul Brynner
as El Sordo
Jack Weston
as Detective Meyer Meyer
Tom Skerritt
as Detective Bert Kling
James McEachin
as Detective Arthur Brown
Steve Ihnat
as Detective Andy Parker
Stewart Moss
as Detective Hal Willis
Dan Frazer
as Lt. Bymes
Bert Remsen
as Sgt. Murchison
Neile Adams
as Teddy Carella
H. Benny Markowitz
as Patrolman Levine
James Victor
as Patrolman Gomez
Roy Applegate
as Patrolman Cramer
Tom Lawrence
as Patrolman Crosby
Norman Burton
as Police Commissioner Nelson
Vince Howard
as Patrolman Marshall
Jake Lexa
as Patrolman Miscolo
Britt Leach
as Detective
Harold Oblong
as Detective
J.S. Johnson
as Telephone Technician
Harry Eldon Miller
as Police Garage Attendant
David Dreyer
as Mayor's Uniformed Guard
William Martel
as Mayor's Bodyguard
Don Gordon
as LaBresca
as Rochelle
Ron Tannas
as Dominick
Barry Hamilton
as Young Prisoner
Roy Morton
as Rapist
Felipe Turich
as Puerto Rican Prisoner
Gerald Hiken
as Painter
Neile McQueen
as Teddy Carella
Peter Brocco
as Man with Garbage
Mia Bendixsen
as Little Girl
David Fresco
as Vicenzo
Vincent Van Lynn
as Mayor Jefferson
Jack Perkins
as Parks Commissioner
Bunny Summers
as Mrs. Cooper
Russ Grieve
as Deputy Mayor
Cay Forester
as Mrs. Scanlon
Athena Lorde
as Mrs. Jefferson
Dominic Chianese
as Panhandler
Larry Barton
as Bald Man
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Critic Reviews for Fuzz

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

It's an offbeat, funny, quietly cheerful movie in which Ed McBain's 87th Precinct is finally brought to life.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Fuzz may not be up to the standards of M.A.S.H. or The Hospital, and it may take its time gathering momentum after each foray into realism, but it does have its moments of high hilarity and for that we should be properly appreciative.

January 7, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fuzz

Ok, so Fuzz definitely won't win any awards for originality or even pushing the envelope, but it doesn't need to. It's one of the most enjoyable cop dramedies that Robert Altman never made. It really does feel Altmanesque to me at times (if there is such a thing). The word is that its two main stars, Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch, didn't get along so well during the filming. That may or may not be true, but I know that they don't really share any scenes together at all, so I couldn't see it as being a major problem. Apparently, the film is based on a series of novels by Ed McBain. There were some changes, as always, including giving the city an official place and setting, as well as pushing it into more comedic territory. It's tone is definitely not consistent, and it doesn't really succeed at any tone it's trying to settle on at the time, but it winds up being fun anyways. That's a pretty tough thing for a dramedy. Yeah it works, but the wheels do squeak a bit.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

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