Crime Story

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In 1960s Chicago, Lt. Mike Torello and the members of his Major Crime Unit carry on a near-epic battle against organized crime figures such as Ray Luca.
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Episode 1
    September 17, 1986
    1 h 36 min
    NR
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the series pilot, Lt. Mike Torello (Dennis Farina), the head of Chicago's Major Crime Unit in the early '60s, has a personal interest in a case involving the son of a close friend who gets mixed
  2. 2. Episode 2
    September 18, 1986
    47min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A psychopathic killer becomes the Major Crime Unit's top priority; Torello learns of Luca's plans for a nationwide sports-betting operation;
  3. 3. Episode 3
    September 25, 1986
    48min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Torello introduces himself as a "friendly" cop to one of Luca's burglary crew after the crew's new man kills a woman; and the Torellos get some good news.
  4. 4. Episode 4
    September 29, 1986
    49min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    To ensure his takeover of a sports-betting operation, Luca sends Holman to St. Louis, where a politically motivated sheriff is overly friendly to Holman's MCU tail.
  5. 5. Episode 5
    October 6, 1986
    45min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Luca's superiors blame him for the debacle in St. Louis, prompting him to seek advice from Abrams; Torello leaves a gift for Luca after the MCU halts his truck hijackings;
  6. 6. Episode 6
    October 13, 1986
    46min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A reporter helps Abrams in his defense of a tenant who assaulted a slumlord; Torello promises a despondent Julie a vacation.
  7. 7. Episode 7
    October 27, 1986
    48min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The Torellos take what may be their last vacation; the FBI corners Holman in Toledo;
  8. 8. Episode 8
    November 3, 1986
    48min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A lawyer thinks Torello is involved with Kehoe and Luca, who moves to have an indictment against himself and Bartoli quashed.
  9. 9. Episode 9
    November 10, 1986
    46min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Torello mourns his loss, then searches for Holman; Susan is attacked while doing a story on heroin; Luca declares himself the sole Chicago fence.
  10. 10. Episode 10
    December 4, 1986
    48min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A small town honors the MCU after the bust of a jewelry-heist team connected to Luca; Krychek takes a special interest in one of the busted henchmen.
  11. 11. Episode 11
    December 4, 1986
    49min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Mike Torello's obsessive pursuit of Ray Luca is recalled through flashbacks. Guest stars Michael Madsen, Lorraine Bracco.
  12. 12. Episode 12
    December 11, 1986
    46min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Torello has to split his men up when a woman is held hostage by a crazed gunman just as Holman is spotted in an Indiana diner (Ted Levine).
  13. 13. Episode 13
    December 25, 1986
    46min
    NR
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    English
    The Feds buy Holman's claim that Torello is a dirty cop; Joey interrupts Luca's visitors; Luca learns Holman may still be a legal asset despite causing his impending indictment.
  14. 14. Episode 14
    January 8, 1987
    50min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Torello (Dennis Farina) is subpoenaed upon his return from the West; Luca can't coax Abrams to his side; Weisbord's future plans are challenged by others wanting profits now.
  15. 15. Episode 15
    January 15, 1987
    50min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Abrams (Stephen Lang) helps Torello (Dennis Farina) with his testimony about Holman's charges; Weisbord calls a council to deal with dissenters; Luca says his goodbyes.
  16. 16. Episode 16
    January 29, 1987
    49min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Torello (Dennis Farina) asks a debtor being strong-armed to help him link slot-machine skimming and loan sharking in the casinos to Luca (Anthony Denison).
  17. 17. Episode 17
    February 5, 1987
    49min
    NR
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    English
    Luca tries to install his candidate for union president during a strike; a former employee crosses Luca's path; Torello thinks there's a traitor in his ranks.
  18. 18. Episode 18
    February 12, 1987
    47min
    NR
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    English
    Torello's relationship with the ex-wife of one of his men uncovers disturbing information about the man, who allows a slip in the force's security.
  19. 19. Episode 19
    February 26, 1987
    45min
    NR
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    English
    Luca sends Taglia and Holman to sabotage a neighboring casino; Torello's inside man witnesses actions that could bring Luca down.
  20. 20. Episode 20
    March 5, 1987
    49min
    NR
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The now aggressive strike force manufactures dissension within Luca's ranks and takes advantage of his excesses.
  21. 21. Episode 21
    December 14, 1987
    48min
    NR
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Torello (Dennis Farina) anticipates a move by Luca to get to Taglia (John Santucci) or the jury. Later, Torello heats things up between Luca and a hood who, with Weisbord's support, tries to move in on his turf.

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Directors
Leon IchasoAaron LipstadtColin BuckseyFrancis DeliaMario DiLeoBobby RothEugene CorrDavid SoulBill DukeJohn Nicolella
Producers
New World Television
Season year
1987
Network
Urban Movie Channel
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armlabesReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2012
1.0 out of 5 stars
A little forewarning...
Verified purchase
There are a number of DVD versions of Crime Story to choose from. This review (or non-review) refers specifically to the version produced overseas entitled Crime Story Series One released by Boulevard Entertainment. The DVD's are advertised as "NTSC Region 0. Will play worldwide." on Amazon and on the box itself. As I am in the U.S. where NTSC is still the standard, I decided to do a bit of research to find out about Region 0 discs. In theory, anyway, an NTSC Region 0 DVD should indeed work in any Region 1 NTSC player. How this plays out (or doesn't, if you'll excuse the poor humor), though, is what this warning is about.

I own both a Panasonic DMR-EZ17, and more recently, a Panasonic DMP-BDT210 Blu-ray player. These discs will not work in either player. Both give simple message "Cannot play." I gave Panasonic a call on this and the best that they could offer is that the manuals do not specifically state that Region 0 discs will play. While I didn't find this all that helpful, it certainly does let Panasonic off the hook, as they are not obligated to try to find out why a disc which they have not claimed will work, won't. (It should probably also be noted that the BDT210, which is an outstanding blu-ray player, hasn't had a single issue with any region free blu-ray discs, of which I own quite a few.) I also emailed Boulevard Entertainment on this problem, but as of this date, have not received a response of any kind.

Interestingly, the discs work just fine on my computer. Unfortunately, playback on a small computer screen is not why I purchased the set. In short, I suppose that what I want to say is that an advertisement which says that a disc will work worldwide (which I presumed to mean in any region locked player) does not necessarily mean that it will. The set will go back to the retailer. I hope to save any would be purchasers a bit of time and pain (though your own results, as they say, may differ).

I'm also interested in any thoughts (or info) which anyone may have on what I might've missed in determining to purchasing this item. Thanks much.
santa cruz womanReviewed in the United States on April 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
lie down with cobras get up with bites
able i was a year out of hs in 63 and the cars bring back fond memothe beautiful images deserve the best. the vivid neon made me feel as if i were in vegasries. the mix of grim drama and bizarre humor in the characters of frank and luca's wife work well. i was going to m buy the dvd but reviews on the first mentioned poor pic quality and the 50 one was reviewed as missing much of the music. the background music, very well chosen is a big part of the appeal so best buy the prime offering which had it. joseph wise,man is especially good as the old crime lord.
David HallmonReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t cross Mike Torello! He’ll kill anyone you have ever loved. Your mother, your father, your dog!
How is this gritty cop show set in 1960s Chicago not on everyone’s top cop/crime/drama shows of all time is beyond me. It also has one of the best pilots ever. It could be a stand alone movie all itself. I’m so glad this show has fo ally made it to Prime. It’s been 20 years since I’ve seen it live and it has had a lasting impression on me since then. I just finished the pilot and will enjoy the next month as I make my way through the rest of this amazing series. Michael Mann’s finest.
JJReviewed in the United States on March 25, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good FBI show.
This one of the great FBI stories! The characters are really believe able and right to the time period. A little on the bloody and physical order. I really like this show. I watched on Network when it came out, I have rented the DVD/'s twice and now I am going to watch it again on Streaming. This is rated a PG14 show.
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Rock HoundReviewed in the United States on March 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
EACH BROADCAST SHINES--MICHAEL MANN STILL GREAT WITH 'ALI' FLICK
THE FIRST SEASON -- THIS ONE -- IS WELL-PLOTTED AND ULTRA-VIOLENT FOR 1986-7 TELL-A-VISIOB
NEXT SEASON VERGES ON SURREALISM AT TIMES
TOGETHER, THIS CRIMME SERIES DELIVERS A
KNOCK-OUT MOST EPISODES
JUST AS DOES 'ALI' WITH WILL SMITH AND A FEW ACTORS
STILL ACTING SINCE THEIR CRIME STORY DAYS
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