Watch: The New Centurions 1972 123movies, Full Movie Online – A group of new police recruits takes to patrolling the streets of Los Angeles. Roy Fehler is a law student with a family and has joined the LAPD until he can complete his degree. He’s partnered with veteran patrolman Kilvinski and they soon develop a good rapport. On the street the policemen are exposed to the seedier side of life but Kilvinski is a fair cop and a good teacher. Over time however, Fehler comes to love the work and both his family and his studies fall by the wayside. Kilvinsky retires and Fehler loses his way, drinking heavily. Fehler’s wife leaves him and he soon hits bottom. Just as he begins to get his life in order, fate intervenes..
Plot: An idealistic rookie cop joins the LAPD to make ends meet while finishing law school, and is indoctrinated by a seasoned veteran. As time goes on, he loses his ambitions and family as police work becomes his entire life.
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The earthy cop film that led to “Police Story”.
I recently bought the Season One DVD set for “Police Story”–the cop show from the 70s that was inspired by Joseph Wambaugh’s film “The New Centurions”. So far, I’ve really enjoyed “Police Story”–and am sad that only the first season is on DVD. So, in consolation, I decided to at least see “The New Centurions”.
Like “Police Story”, “The New Centurions” does not whitewash police work. The language is very earthy, to say the least–especially since it didn’t need to worry about television audiences and was rated R. It shows the interesting side as well as the downside–and all through the perspective of a rookie cop, Fehler (Stacy Keach), as you follow his through the years. There is a HUGE price to pay for loving a job like this–as his marriage falls apart and he pretty much gives his life for the department.
I have noticed that other reviewers talk about Fehler’s partner, Kilvinski (George C. Scott). He was a HUGE presence in the film, though he’s only in about half the film. Apart from that, Fehler had other partners and a variety of experiences that all pushed him almost over the edge. Dealing with drinking, PTSD and more is what makes this cop film quite unusual–and well worth your time. Exceptionally well made and a film that revels in NOT being like cop films of the 30s, 40s and 50s!! Exceptional acting and writing make this a standout film.
An excellent 70’s cop movie winner
Naive, idealistic rookie cop Roy Fehler (a typically fine performance by the always dependable Stacy Keach) gets shown the ropes by wise maverick veteran policeman Andy Kilvinski (superbly played by the inestimable George C. Scott) as the intrepid duo work a tough beat in the worst ghetto areas of Los Angeles. Roy’s work as a cop takes over his life and causes his marriage to his concerned, but fed-up wife Dorothy (a strong portrayal by Jane Alexander) to fall apart while Kilvinski has trouble adjusting after he retires from the force. Ably directed by Richard Fleischer, with a sharp and astute episodic script by Stirling Silliphant, an uncompromisingly stark, realistic and unsentimental downbeat tone, grainy, yet fairly polished cinematography by Ralph Woolsey, authentically gritty Los Angeles locations, a funky, syncopated score by Quincy Jones, a devastating grim and depressing ending, a powerful central message about the heavy toll being a police officer takes on a man’s soul, and several strikingly vivid individual vignettes (the accidental shooting of an innocent man in a dark alley way, Roy getting blasted in the stomach while on duty, Kilvinski committing suicide in his empty house), this film packs a very potent and lingering punch to the gut. Keach and Scott display a wonderfully natural and engaging chemistry in the lead roles; they receive sterling support from Scott Wilson as earnest eager beaver Gus, Rosalind Cash as sympathetic nurse Lorrie, Erik Estrada as honest Hispanic flatfoot Sergio, Clifton James as the crusty Whitey, James Sikking as the doltish Sergeant Anders, Ed Lauter as the dim Galloway, and William Atherton as the by-the-book Johnson. Isabel Stanford and Carol Speed pop up in an amusing scene as a couple of brash hookers. Harsh and pessimistic, but well worth watching just the same.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 43 min (103 min)
Genre Action, Crime, Drama
Director Richard Fleischer
Writer Stirling Silliphant, Joseph Wambaugh, Robert Towne
Actors George C. Scott, Stacy Keach, Jane Alexander
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (uncredited)
Film Length 2,810 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (filmed in) (as Panavision®)
Printed Film Format 35 mm