R | | Action, Crime, Drama
An idealistic rookie cop joins the L.A.P.D. 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.
A previous trivia entry noted that Kilvinsky was about to retire, although the actor playing him, George C. Scott, was only about 44 years old at the time. In the movie, Kilvinsky is shown with four hash marks (short diagonal stripes on the lower left sleeve of his uniform shirt), each representing five years of service with the LAPD. If Kilvinsky started at LAPD at age 21, he could have had up to 23 years of service at age 44, and been eligible to retire with a full pension that comes at 20 years of service.
Roy, I'm leaving you.
Roy: When did you decide this?
Dorothy: I don't know. It's been coming on a long time, I guess. I guess after Kilvinski retired and you decided to stay on and go on to vice, I guess that's what did it.
Roy: Yeah, but Dorothy, I'm, I hate this ...
Both Fahler and Kilvinski make a grievous error ( not to mention violating both LAPD policy and procedure ) by not handcuffing the truck driver when they arrest him. That is the first thing that should have been done before placing him in the back seat of the patrol car, especially given his belligerence about being pulled over and issued a traffic ticket, which then he refused to sign.