Der Superschnüffler (1974)

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Der Superschnüffler: Directed by Richard Rush. With Alan Arkin, James Caan, Loretta Swit, Jack Kruschen. San Francisco police detectives Freebie and Bean are determined to bust local crime boss Red Meyers at any cost, even if this means destroying the whole city in the process.

“A fairly atypical off the wall love-hate relationship between two cops as they try to bring down a tongue-in-cheek bad guy. The story centres around the wacky verbal and non-verbal relationship between Alan Arkin and James Caan more than it does the fairly week plot. This is the whole point of the movie – the story line is in fact incidental! The scene where Freebie steals Beanu0026#39;s gun is a classic example of this, as is the button ripping scene earlier in the film. To add to the drama Bean thinks his wife is having an affair and Freebie offers advice…terrific stuff. Perhaps those of you who gave it a poor review should find the time to watch it again – a little more closely – and savour the unique banter between these two excellent actors.”

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