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updated 09/08/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/08/1986 01:00AM

NBC (Sun., Sept. 7, 9 p.m. ET)

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In a spin-off of The French Connection, Ed (Cruising) O'Neill steps into the role created by Gene Hackman: the tough, ugly New York cop. The kind of cop who shoots a bad guy to death, then scans the skyline, sighs and says: "I love New York." The kind of cop who, acting on absolutely no evidence, trails and roughs up a guy just because—he pats his gut—"this tells me." The kind of cop who says to a woman: "Let me do unspeakable things to you." In short, an obnoxious kind of cop. A cop involved in a plot too complicated and senseless to bother figuring out. A cop best left ignored.

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