Review: ‘Warning Shot’

Warning Shot is a police drama in which fine production, direction and performances overcome a sometimes flawed script. David Janssen toplines as a cop accused of being trigger-happy.

Warning Shot is a police drama in which fine production, direction and performances overcome a sometimes flawed script. David Janssen toplines as a cop accused of being trigger-happy.

Mann Rubin has adapted Whit Masterson’s novel, 711 – Officer Need s Help, in which a cop is accused of poor judgment in killing an apparently innocent medic. His superiors, the DA and the public turn on him, and only hope of vindication is proving the existence of a missing gun, and the discovery of evidence to prove the medic was breaking the law.

Filmed smoothly on LA locations, with technical assist from the Police Department, pic has the immediacy of headlines about police brutality, irresponsibility, etc. Scripting incorporates some cliche, unnecessary angles which detract from a very viable story line; namely, that cops are fallible human beings who drink, smoke, make mistakes – just like every one else.

Warning Shot

Production

Paramount. Director Buzz Kulik; Producer Buzz Kulik; Screenplay Mann Rubin; Camera Joseph Biroc; Editor Archie Marshek; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Hal Pereira, Roland Anderson

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

David Janssen Ed Begley Keenan Wynn Sam Wanamaker Lillian Gish Stefanie Powers
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