The Police Connection (1973)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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Los Angeles detectives Minelli and Blake must track down a serial rapist who may know the identity of a mentally disturbed bomber.


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Bert I. Gordon


Bert I. Gordon (screenplay), Marc Behm (story)

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14 February 2017 | MartinHafer
| I am surprised this one didn't get the X rating back in 1973....
"The Mad Bomber" is a very adult suspense adult I am surprised it didn't earn an X rating back when it debuted. After all, "Midnight Cowboy" was rated X and only had a tiny bit of nudity...and that came out only four years before this film. Yet, in "The Mad Bomber" you have some graphic rape scenes, tons of violence as well as full frontal nudity...all which shocked me as the film progressed. Even today I think you'd have a hard time getting an R for this one because of the rapes....something that did NOT need to be this graphic. So, please, please, careful with this one. It's not for kids and perhaps you might wanna be sure you are looking at one of the edited versions (and they are apparently quite common).

The film is about a psychopath (Chuck Connors) who has a variety of gripes about the world. Tons of things tick him off and now he's going to show the world by planting a string of bombs as retribution. At the same time, a rapist is running amok...and the two might have seen each other. So, if you catch one, you might just be able to catch the other. Lt. Minneli (Vince Edwards) is the cop investigating these cases.

So is this any good? "The Detective" is a super-gritty X rated cop film...and I loved there is a place for tough crime films. The film is very exciting and in some ways well made. However, one portion of the film made zero sense. The rapist (Neville Brand) is eventually caught in the act of raping a woman and later the Lieutenant's boss tells him to release the charges...nothing!! On what planet would this make sense?! The Lieutenant later trumps up a traffic charge in order to bring him in for questioning. Shouldn't the fact that he gagged a woman and ripped her clothing off be enough to merit bringing him back in for questioning?!?! Another dopey moment was late in the film when the bomber was driving about on a motorcycle. He COULD he have possibly escaped?! Odd that the film was so sloppy here and there when it was otherwise exciting (though quite sleazy!).

By the way, I noticed that one reviewer seemed surprised that director Bert I. Gordon would make a 'sick' film like this. Considering he made the god-awful "Food of the Gods", "Empire of the Ants" and "How to Succeed With Sex", I certainly am not surprised by this movie! It seems pretty much in keeping with his output at that time, though the quality is a tad better than usual.

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Also released under the title The Mad Bomber.


William Dorn: You just littered the street.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: But it was empty.
William Dorn: Well, I want you to go back and pick up your trash.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: What?
William Dorn: I said I want you to go back and pick it up.
Pedestrian on sidewalk: Like hell I will.
William Dorn: It's people like you that make our world filthy my friend. You're a pig! Did you hear ...

Alternate Versions

An edited-for-television cut of the film, which has been widely released on DVD, removes scenes of nudity, gore and coarse language, but also features additional footage not in the original version. Among the additions:

  • a slightly longer scene of the bomb construction at the onset of the film.
  • a radio description of the bomber laid over a shot of a radio tower
  • Lieutenant Minneli giving a citation over the placement of a street sign to a theatre owner who is exhibiting "teen sex" films
  • removal of a piece of dialogue where the police chief says he wants to catch the "son of a bitch before he blows up Los Angeles."
  • an alternate take of a woman getting changed through a window. In the TV version, her undergarments are never visible, and she's always wearing her blue dress.
  • alternate shots of her attack where her blue dress hasn't been ripped
  • an alternate edit of the montage of female police officers working the streets which removes violence but adds additional officers walking through the night
  • an alternate version of Lieutenant Minneli exploring the presumed suspect's apartment. In the TV version, the walls don't contain nude images of his wife, but rather just nondescript decor. When Minneli plays the projector a different version of footage of his wife is on it, with tight shots on her face and alternate perspectives that don't reveal her nude body.
  • When the man later returns home to view the footage of his wife alone, he is watching a different film of her without nude images. However, a single topless photograph of her still appears during the bomber's explosion for a brief moment, seemingly missed by the editors.


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