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Crime Story

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196716+
Chicago, 1963. In this pitched saga of crime and punishment from executive producer Michael Mann, veteran detective Michael Torello (Dennis Farina) matches wits and wills with ambitious young street hood Ray Luca (Tony Denison) as he sets out to climb the ladder of organized crime.
Starring
Dennis FarinaTony DenisonBilly Campbell
Genres
SuspenseDramaActionYoung Adult Audience
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
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    September 18 1986
    1 h 36 min
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    Chicago's Major Crimes Unit, led by no-nonsense Lt. Mike Torello, suspects upstart mobster Ray Luca may be the mastermind behind a string of robberies. Meanwhile, Torello deals with the idealistic meddling of public defender David Abrams.
  2. 2. Final Transmission
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    September 19 1986
    47min
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    While a psychotic killer occupies the MCU's attention, Luca uses the situation to his advantage by pulling off some major heists.
  3. 3. Shadow Dancer
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    September 26 1986
    48min
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    When a home invasion leads to murder and sends MCU on the war path, boss Phil Bartoli orders Ray Luca to deal with the matter personally.
  4. 4. St. Louis Book of Blues
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    September 30 1986
    50min
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    Luca sends one of his men to St. Louis to corner the gambling business. Torello is quick to follow, but an uncooperative local sheriff stands in his way. Featuring Michael Madsen as Johnny Fosse.
  5. 5. The War
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    October 7 1986
    45min
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    Luca's takeover of the gambling business comes to a halt and Torello hits his other operations even harder, even as the lieutenant struggles with a devastating loss in his private life.
  6. 6. Abrams for the Defense
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    October 14 1986
    47min
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    A reporter helps Abrams defend a man accused of assaulting his slumlord. Featuring Ving Rhames as Hector Lincoln and Pam Grier as Suzanne Terry.
  7. 7. Pursuit of a Wanted Felon
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    October 28 1986
    48min
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    Abrams pursues a controversial relationship with Suzanne Terry (Pam Grier) while Torello and his wife have a rocky vacation. Meanwhile, the FBI gets closer to Holman.
  8. 8. Old Friends, Dead Ends
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    November 4 1986
    48min
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    A federal investigator suspects Torello is dirty, even as Torello himself discovers a shocking secret about an old friend. Featuring Christian Slater and Pam Grier.
  9. 9. Justice Hits the Skids
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    November 11 1986
    46min
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    Angered by the death of his friend, Torello decides to ignore the FBI and go after Holman himself. Luca tries his hand at fencing stolen goods and Suzanne is attacked while investigating drug dealers.
  10. 10. For Love or Money
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    December 5 1986
    48min
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    As his marriage disintegrates, Torello starts a relationship with the assistant of a jeweler whom Luca's crew murdered. Featuring Gary Sinise as Howie Dressler.
  11. 11. Crime Pays
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    December 5 1986
    49min
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    This clip show recaps the story thus far and reveals previously cut scenes for the first time.
  12. 12. Hide and Go Thief
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    December 12 1986
    46min
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    MCU faces an armed robbery that turns into a hostage situation, and an overly ambitious federal prosecutor puts the screws to Holman.
  13. 13. Strange Bedfellows
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    December 26 1986
    46min
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    Facing indictment, Luca plays off Abrams' good-natured idealism to get some much-needed legal advice.
  14. 14. Fatal Crossroads
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    January 9 1987
    50min
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    Torello is indicted and gets a nasty surprise when Luca uses him to destroy Holman's testimony. Abrams contends with his guilt and Torello tries to protect Inger from scandal.
  15. 15. Torello on Trial
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    January 16 1987
    50min
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    Torello's testimony gets heated, and local mob boss Dominic Tranchita breaks the mob council's golden rule when he starts dealing drugs.
  16. 16. The Kingdom of Money
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    January 30 1987
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    As the mob moves to take over Las Vegas casinos, Abrams and Torello put together an undercover operation at a strip club frequented by Luca's men.
  17. 17. The Battle of Las Vegas
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    February 6 1987
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    A general strike hits Las Vegas casinos, putting pressure on Luca to sway the strike leaders to his side. Featuring Stanley Tucci as Zack Lowman.
  18. 18. The Survivor
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    February 13 1987
    48min
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    Torello falls for Lisa, but her obsessive ex-husband plans to get Lisa and her daughter Tracy (Julia Roberts) back by any means necessary.
  19. 19. The Pinnacle
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    February 27 1987
    45min
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    Luca applies pressure to the last holdout casino owner. Undercover operative Jack Claymore risks exposure when he meets Torello.
  20. 20. Top of the World
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    March 6 1987
    50min
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    Luca gives in to his inner demons after the case against him is dropped for lack of evidence, but his careless behavior gives Torello an opening.
  21. 21. Ground Zero
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    March 13 1967
    48min
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    After his closest friend turns on him, Luca becomes unhinged and commits his greatest atrocity yet, risking control of Vegas to an opportunistic L.A. mob boss.

More details

Directors
Leon IchasoAaron LipstadtBobby RothMario DiLeo
Supporting actors
Stephen Lang
Producers
Michael MannBrooke KennedyPeter R. McIntoshMarty Eli Schwartz
Season year
1967
Network
FilmRise
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
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Hurricane RiderReviewed in the United States on March 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love it
This series was awesome especially for it's time. From what I understand maybe the first to continue with the character's personal lives from episode to episode. Such an important influence. Just enough quirky sense of humor and OMG the CARS!!! If you like Classic cars what an eyeful of 50's and 60's cars!! where did they find all those cars? Lots of crashes and shoot outs. Lots of 'no filters' too.....gotta love it. Lots of guest appearances by famous stars when they were just starting out and I didn't even know Andrew Dice Clay was a regular in this series or that he is such a good actor and wonder why he doesn't do more serious movie acting. Wish there were more seasons.
10 people found this helpful
D. SchmittReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Another Michael Mann potboiler
Mann was "the Man" in the '80s, producing Miami Vice and this, which I consider to be a step-child to Vice. It reprises some of Mann's earlier works in "Thief", making call-backs to novel techniques ("burning bars"), the unique Chicago patter ("...ya goof!") and employing actors that Mann had history with. Read up on some of the main actors' bios to better understand why they were cast in this series.

Overall, the writing and production are just OK, maybe a notch lower than Vice in production, a notch better in writing, and followed similar constructions that included a revolving door of guest stars and interesting music choices. Since I spent a lot of time in Chicago proper I notice the location discontinuities more than the average viewer but they don't detract too much from the stories.

If you're a Mann fan, or just like potboiler cops-n-robbers tales, this is a good series to binge on. Just keep your Fedora on at all times like Det. Torello did.
6 people found this helpful
K. SandnessReviewed in the United States on February 15, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
Wrong date
There may have been another TV show with the title "Crime Story," but this particular title, the version with Dennis Farina, may take place in 1963, but it was filmed and shown in 1986.
12 people found this helpful
MoviemanKevReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
great crime series
Remember watching this as a kid in the 80's. Great series
9 people found this helpful
Melissa PeguesReviewed in the United States on March 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Another great hit for Micheal Mann!
This was one of my favorite 80's cop shows. The music, the actors were casted perfectly.
I was 18 when this show started, I couldn't get enough off it ! I was so sad when it was cancelled.
8 people found this helpful
ZenDodge69Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good show, bad video
The first season of this show was good, although the last episodes were a bit 'unusual', the second season got more ridiculous as it went along and ended in a bizarre scenario. The streaming version here has the same bad video that my box set has, it can be fairly unwatchable at times. I had hoped this streaming version would look better. If you can deal with the bad video the first season, especially the first half is great.
One person found this helpful
Antonio del DragoReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tremendous style and a gritty, serialized plot
Crime Story is about an elite police unit in the early 1960s who are trying to bring down an especially homicidal mafia boss. It stars the great Dennis Farina (RIP), who was a real-life police detective before starring in this show. Created by the legendary Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Last of the Mohicans), the show has tremendous style and a gritty, serialized plot. Highly recommended.
One person found this helpful
MooterReviewed in the United States on July 22, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bad...really, really bad...
I remember liking this when it first came out because I found Anthony Denison's character, Ray Luca, sexy as hell (especially in "Love Hurts" in the second season)...though vile as hell at the same time. Watching it now, the acting, directing and writing are laughably bad. When actors the caliber of Denis Farina, Anthony Denison, Stephen Lang, Ted Levine, Jon Polito, Gary Sinise and Lorraine Bracco look like they're in a community theater production, you know you're in big trouble.
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