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.