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NEW In The Line Of Duty-fbi Murder (DVD)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Made For TV Movie Ever Nov. 3 2006
Format:DVD
This movie is a must have, and a pleasure to see on DVD. Nearly 20 years later, it remains the best made-for-tv movie ever, with an incredible cast. Ronny Cox is as consistent as ever, with David Soul as the everyday guy with a mean streak also very good. But the most chilling and menacing performance belongs to Michael Gross, who puts this movie from being very good to being great. Just, and I mean just, finished up with his portrayal of nice guy Steven Keaton in the hit TV show Family Ties (where is ths on DVD???), Mr. Gross did an abrupt 180 with this unforgettable portrayal of a ruthless and ultra violent robber who is seemingly a normal man (along with neighbour David Soul). From wives and bbq's on the weekends, to weekdays of brutal violence and robbery. And it works - I don't think Ward Cleaver could have successfully made this jump, but the Mr. Cleaver of the 80's does. And does it chillingly well. Fantastic job Michael Gross, as well as the producers for going well beyond the simple made-for-tv formula, and accurately portraying the true story right to its bloody, violent climax. If you're looking for the typical good guys always live and win, then stay away from here. If you are a fan of true crime, or just intrigued, then try this movie. I haven't forgot it in 18 years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb and creepy April 13 2011
Format:DVD
I recently watched this again, for the first time in about 20 years. This movie shows that you don't need a big budget to make a really good movie. It's a little creaky in its flow sometimes, but the strength of the story and performances holds it together well. The actors playing the good guys are all excellent, and the two playing the bad guys (Gross and Soul) are startling and superb. Gross is more quietly creepy, and Soul boldly creepy. Once the movie gets rolling, you're afraid every time either of these guys is with *anybody.* The violence spread throughout is not gory, but it's certainly brutal. If anything, the lack of gore heightens the sense of coldness about the two bad guys. The final shootout is stark, eerie (especially regarding Soul's character), and very sad.

From other reading, I understand that the events in this movie, including the details, deaths, and injuries in the final shootout, are quite accurate. The real events were more spread out in time than I felt watching the movie, but I think that was for the better.

I cared about the FBI guys, even though, with a true ensemble cast, we see each of them only a little. That's a serious testament to the movie's craft and performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great True Cops and Robbers Film Feb. 19 2008
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I remember seeing this movie on t.v. many years ago and it caught my attention at that time, mainly because of the true crime aspect and the significance of what transpired, especially for the FBI(One might say this 1986 incident is somewhat comparable to the more recent North Hollywood shootout in February, 1997 involving the LAPD). "In the Line of Duty" held my attention because of the coherent script and excellent acting. Michael Gross does an amazing job as one of the two villains, stepping away from his best-known role as a friendly father figure on Family Ties. I appreciated the brief update at the end of the film describing what happened to the main characters...a must-include for those interested in true crime.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and very well made tv movie..... May 28 2006
By Tommy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Based on the actual events that took place in 1985, The FBI Murders chronicles the events leading up to the largest FBI casualties ever suffered at one time in the history of the agency. Two well trained ex Green Beret buddies (played by David Soul & Michael Gross) team up and start robbing armored cars in Florida. Eventually they raise the stakes and start killing people during these robberies. The FBI tails these two and while attempting to arrest both men, one of the worst shoot-outs in law enforcement history ensues. When it's all over, several FBI agents are dead, there are several agents wounded and both suspects are shot and killed. This movie is made-for-tv, but it is still one of the hardest, most intense I've seen on network television. The ruthlesness and violence of these men is not toned down at all as in one scene, David Soul literally walks around looking for the surviving/wounded FBI agents and begins executing them on the ground. Highly recommended for fans of true stories or crime.
30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE murder story.....TV at it's BEST!! Nov. 19 2005
By Seen Them All - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very realistic true story of a group of Florida FBI Agents on the trail of 2 bank robbers. The robbers lead "normal" lives with wives and Saturday Bar-B-Que's.....while during the week they are very violent bank robbers. The FBI finally tracks them down and a shoot-out on city streets finally takes the lives of the two robbers at the cost of a couple of Agents. Based on actual events this is a don't miss action TV movie.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Out On DVD Jan. 28 2007
By Only-A-Child - Published on Amazon.com
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Finally out on DVD, fans of true crime dramas and action films will really enjoy this 1988 made-for-television production. Based on actual events in Miami, Florida (I'm not sure how embellished), "In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders concerns a pair of military trained bank- robbers and the FBI task force who attempted to identify and apprehend them. This is a far cry from the fictional movies that attempt to glorify G-Men or violent criminals.

Both sides are portrayed in their real life bumbling glory as the robbers act stupidly and recklessly and the task force basically stumbles into them and is ill prepared for the confrontation. But this makes the story quite fascinating and if you connect with it you will probably want to watch it several times.

The film is structured as two parallel stories and what suspense there is stems from the viewers knowledge that the two stories will eventually intersect with each other, you just don't know how or when it will occur.

The strength of the film (besides its real life feel) is the characterization of the two robbers, played by David Soul and Michael Gross. Although their backgrounds are fragmentary, it appears that they bring out the worst in each other and their crime spree continues more for the adrenaline rush it provides. They begin to really get off on the violence and power, their crimes are almost random which tends to work in their favor as the investigation can find little logic or pattern behind their activities.

The film's weakness is the parallel story of the task force. This was a far cry from a cerebral Sherlock Holmes type investigation so you eagerly wait for them to cut back to Soul and Grace. The characterizations are generally shallow and weak so almost all viewers will end up identifying with the two criminals; even though they have a lot of mad dog qualities. Doug Sheehan is quite effective as the task force commander, but the Bruce Greenwood - Ronny Cox pairing (rookie and veteran) never really connects. Greenwood has gone on to do some amazing stuff under Atom Egoyan's direction, he obviously has far more talent than he shows in this role.

The violent climax is worth waiting for, although the violence is in real time, the confrontation has the slow-mo feel of a Sam Peckinpah production.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking because it's true... March 13 2006
By Geoffrey C. Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
If you love crime dramas,especially the one's based on true stories,then "The FBI Murders" is the film for you.Despite it's low-budget "Made-for-TV" trappings...I consider this to be just as powerful as the Al Pacino/Robert DeNiro thriller "Heat".

For those of you who don't remember, "In the line of duty" was a series of TV movies profiling the couragous and sometimes harrowing true tales of law enforcement officers and their bravery under fire.Over the years,the quality of these hard-hitting dramas have lost their luster...But the "FBI Murders" stands out as one of the best in the crime genre.

This particular movie centers on two Vietnam vets (David Soul and Michael Gross) who use their military training to pull off a string of violent,commando-style,bank and armored car robberies from the Fall of 1985 to the Spring of 1986 in Florida to support their families,mistresses,and lavish lifestyle after their series of hair-brained "get rich quick" schemes fall through.Their lightning-quick strikes and disappearances has left the police,and even the FBI's elite robbery task force,one fatal step behind.

Like the film "Heat",which I referenced earlier,the film focuses on the personal lives of the robbers and the agents.Michael Gross turns in a chilling character that is a far cry from his "sensitive dad" persona of "Family Ties".Gross's character is a scary psychopath who may or may not have been behind the brutal murder of his first wife and who is certainly abusive to his current wife and children despite his aura of Christian respectability.David Soul on the other hand is the opitamy of the "slow burning fuse".He's cold,calculating,and throughly dangerous.

On the FBI side,the focus is on the lead investigator in the robberies played by Ronny Cox.He's a straight arrow veteran who has no wife and kids...he's married to the FBI.What's worse is he's having to break in a hot-shot kid (Bruce Greenwood in an early role) as his new partner.The rest of the FBI unit is the picture of the "brotherhood of lawmen" cliche.They kid around with one another,they even have affectionate names and a few of them have interesting personal stories.For instance,when the head of the department (the actor's name escapes me, unfortunately) learns that a civilian who followed the bandits after one of their heists,traces the killers into the agent's neighborhood,the agent grow afraid that his family could end up victims and begins prowling the area for their getaway car.Another agent grapples with trying to make his young son understand that he doesn't go around getting into gunfights like the TV Cop Shows portray.

As the tension builds around these personal stories....the robbers are getting more and more desperate.And the agents are getting more and more determaned.And that climaxes into what has now been called one of the FBI's bloodiest shoot-outs.For high tension and high drama...this movie delivers.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic TV Movie June 23 2008
By Paul Maynard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
An excellent addition to my movie library. The FBI Murders is an excellent depiction of this true, horrific event. Ronny Cox and a very young Bruce Greenwood are exceptional in their roles -- particularly Ronny Cox, a very under-appreciated character actor. But the true brillance is going against character: David Soul and Michael Gross (who makes you forget he ever placed Michael P. Keaton's father). These two guys are plain scary. One scene with Gross is downright bone chilling ... sitting at the table in the dark, telling his wife to leave.

You can't go wrong with this movie. It is truly outstanding.
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