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directed by Robert Culp
USA 1972

 

Hickey & Boggs is a lament for the very thing it destroys: the heroic myth of the Private Detective. Those hardboiled ideals come crashing down the moment we meet our protagonists, down-on-their-luck partners Hickey (Bill Cosby) and Boggs (Robert Culp, also the film’s director).

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Hickey and Boggs are given $500 to track down a missing woman. They think their problems are solved, but they’re only beginning. When they visit their first lead, they find a corpse and several thousand dollars that are traced back to a $400,000 unsolved bank robbery, but not the woman they want. It doesn’t take long for bullets to start flying and corpses to start piling up, and with the gangsters as eager as the cops to get Hickey and Boggs off the case, its only a matter of time before the duo winds up in prison or in the morgue. Forever losers, Hickey and Boggs are destined to always be behind the eight ball.

Excerpt of review from Cullen Gallagher for Not Coming to a Theater Near You located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 20 September 1972 (New York City)

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DVD Review: MGM (MGM Limited Edition Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Distribution

MGM

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:51:12
Video

1.82:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.5 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.82:1

Edition Details:
• None

DVD Release Date: August 23rd, 2011
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Chapters 12

 

Comments

1970's gave us a number of great neo-noirs, like Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye, Roman Polanski's Chinatown or Peter Yates' The Friends of Eddie Coyle among many others. Hickey & Boggs is another such gem that is unfortunately doesn't get much respect.

The film was dumped back in 2004 on an unauthorized DVD from a known bootleggers Jef Films in a poor full screen transfer. After a few airings in HD on MGM HD channel, the film finally comes to DVD on made-on-demand disc from MGM, distributed by Fox. The progressive anamorphic image is very good quality. The grain is visible, but never too intrusive, and the image is without any dirt or artifacts. English mono soundtrack is decent. Per usual standards for these DVD-R releases, there are no subtitles or closed captioning. The film is divided into 12 chapters and there are no extras.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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