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.
This movie was released one year after the 1971 publication of the novel on which it was based. Author Joseph Wambaugh had been a Los Angeles police officer for 14 years when he began to write novels about the department. It was his first novel, and the first to be made into a movie.
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 ...
Dorothy: It ...
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.