Buy now: COPS AND ROBBERS
In 1973, American writer and three-time Edgar Award winner Donald E. Westlake penned the screenplay for a caper film called Cops and Robbers, which he would later on turn into a novel. With Aram Avakian sitting in the director’s chair, Cops and Robbers stars Cliff Gorman and Joseph Bologna as two embittered police officers who come to the realization that putting their necks on the line for a mere $43 per day simply will not cut it any longer. Deciding to make use of the implicit trust their uniforms and badges evoke, they commit to teaming up with a mobster so as to enter a brokerage on Wall Street only to exit it with untraceable bonds worth $10 million, $2 million of which would go to the cops who broke bad. Unfortunately for them, not everything goes according to plan.
Cops and Robbers is a thrilling and entertaining satire filled with twists, turns and double-crosses that lead to an inevitable car chase, yet another highly anticipated heist movie trope. The fact that it was filmed on location in New York imbues the film with a sense of realism, while the two male leads deliver convincing performances as disgruntled police officers determined to get away with the perfect crime.