Strike Force (1975)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Michael Erlewine

Originally made as a pilot for a failed television pilot, this action crime drama centers on the exploits of a special strike force that is comprised of a Federal agent, a state trooper (a very young Richard Gere), and a New York City police officer who busted up a ring of drug dealers. The film, a typical detectives-find-the-crooks drama, is appropriately authentic with plenty of the grit, language, and concern for then neighborhood that we have come to expect from New Yorkers. Straight-ahead drama, moderate action, and solid acting mean that this film will not disappoint. Although the recent release on DVD features Richard Gere on the cover, this was one of his very first film appearances, and in a minor role at that. The DVD release does nothing to improve on what appears to be a direct transfer of an older, quite grainy film.