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Telly Savalas stars as the tough, lollipop-toting Detective Theo Kojak in eight gritty and unforgettable mystery movies from 1973 to 1990.
Created by Emmy and Academy Award winning writer Abby Mann, Kojak ran for five seasons on CBS from 1973 to 1978 and was later revisited as a series of TV movies. Along with these special broadcasts, this DVD set also features the previously unavailable pilot movie The Marcus Nelson Murders (aired in 1973), which started it all and earned Abby Mann an Emmy for Outstanding Writing.
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SF lists the movies:
The Marcus-Nelson Murders (1973)
The Belarus File (1985)
The Prince of Justice (1987)
Fatal Flaw (1989)
None So Blind (1990)
It's Always Something (1990)
Flowers For Matty (1990)
None of these movies are on the first or second season sets.
I love these pre-tech detective movies. Technology is no substitute for a keen mind and a knowledge of human nature. And Kojak mysteries always have a good escape quality; good wins, evil loses, and the viewer isn't immersed in gratuitous gore and perversion on the way.
In region 2 all 5 season sets are available and now we get all 7 post movies 1985-1990 telefilms plus the 1973 pilot movie.
My kojak dvd collection ends here.
A stunningly great movie as to the story, the Abby Mann script (1973 Emmy-winning), acting, etc. An infamous, sad, true story, based on NYC's "Career Girl Murders." Wonderful, not-found-anywhere-else, melancholy Andy Kim song used for the closing credits: "Don't Give Me A Road I Can't Walk." It's appropriately sad music and lyrics to close the show. The movie runs over 2:18.
"The Marcus-Nelson Murders" is the true story of a young, decent, poor, and mildly-mentally-challenged black man who was railroaded by the Manhattan police and D.A. for the 1963 murders of two white women in their 20s, and by the Brooklyn D.A. and police for the murder of a black woman and the attempted rape of a Puerto Rican woman, all separate incidents on different days. The young man told the police he didn't do any of these crimes, but by the next day, he had confessed, in great detail, in over 60 typewritten pages. Because, in actuality, . . . the police had beat it out of him. There are more twists and turns which I'll not mention here and which would ruin your viewing pleasure. (In real life, the young black man was named George Whitmore, Jr.) This story, as the movie notes, was one of the cases that formed the basis for the 1966 Supreme Court Miranda decision, requiring the police to read suspects their rights.
"The Belarus File", on the same disc #1, looks to be a soft-focus film-- literally it's recorded on film, not video, but not the high-quality film stock of "The Marcus-Nelson Murders." Didn't watch "The Belarus File" through, and never saw it before.
I haven't viewed the other discs yet, but this collection is worth it just for the magnificent copy of the now-released, great, "The Marcus-Nelson Murders" movie.
great series. Was this experience good? Well, you got that right. Start with the
series pilot, "The Marcus-Nelson Murders". It is SO scary. Telly Savalas IS Kojak--no one else could have done it; and all the other characters (My favorite is Marjoe Gortner as Teddy Hopper)--are great. If you want a groovy trip back in time, Kojak is your man. Who loves ya, Baby?