Busting is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Peter Hyams and starring Elliott Gould, Ted Danson, and Joanna Cassidy. The film follows two police officers who are assigned to a special task force to combat drug trafficking in Los Angeles. The film opens with two police officers, Sgt. Eugene "Mac" Mackenzie (Elliott Gould) and Officer Tony "Duke" Donlan (Ted Danson), staking out a drug dealer's house. When the dealer leaves, the officers follow him to a nightclub, where they witness him selling drugs to a group of people. The officers arrest the dealer and his associates, but the dealer escapes. The next day, Mac and Duke are assigned to a special task force to combat drug trafficking in Los Angeles. The task force is led by Lt. Ed Hocken (Alan Arkin), a tough and experienced police officer. Hocken tells Mac and Duke that they will be working undercover, and that they will be given new identities and new assignments. Mac and Duke are assigned to work as security guards at a local nightclub. The nightclub is owned by a man named Tony Vincenzo (Tony Lo Bianco), who is a major drug dealer. Mac and Duke quickly learn that Vincenzo is a dangerous man, and that they are in over their heads. Mac and Duke try to infiltrate Vincenzo's organization, but they are unsuccessful. They are eventually caught by Vincenzo, who tortures them and threatens to kill them. Mac and Duke manage to escape, but they are badly injured. Hocken tells Mac and Duke that they are no longer needed on the task force. Mac and Duke are disappointed, but they know that they have done their best. They decide to leave Los Angeles and start a new life.

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Busting (1974)

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Busting is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Peter Hyams and starring Elliott Gould, Ted Danson, and Joanna Cassidy. The film follows two police officers who are assigned to a special task force to combat drug trafficking in Los Angeles. The film opens with two police officers, Sgt. Eugene "Mac" Mackenzie (Elliott Gould) and Officer Tony "Duke" Donlan (Ted Danson), staking out a drug dealer's house. When the dealer leaves, the officers follow him to a nightclub, where they witness him selling drugs to a group of people. The officers arrest the dealer and his associates, but the dealer escapes. The next day, Mac and Duke are assigned to a special task force to combat drug trafficking in Los Angeles. The task force is led by Lt. Ed Hocken (Alan Arkin), a tough and experienced police officer. Hocken tells Mac and Duke that they will be working undercover, and that they will be given new identities and new assignments. Mac and Duke are assigned to work as security guards at a local nightclub. The nightclub is owned by a man named Tony Vincenzo (Tony Lo Bianco), who is a major drug dealer. Mac and Duke quickly learn that Vincenzo is a dangerous man, and that they are in over their heads. Mac and Duke try to infiltrate Vincenzo's organization, but they are unsuccessful. They are eventually caught by Vincenzo, who tortures them and threatens to kill them. Mac and Duke manage to escape, but they are badly injured. Hocken tells Mac and Duke that they are no longer needed on the task force. Mac and Duke are disappointed, but they know that they have done their best. They decide to leave Los Angeles and start a new life.

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Cast
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Elliott Gould

Vice Detective Michael Keneely
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Robert Blake

Vice Detective Patrick Farrel
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Allen Garfield

Carl Rizzo
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Antonio Fargas

Stephen
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Michael Lerner

Marvin
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Sid Haig

Rizzo's Bouncer
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Ivor Francis

Judge Fred R. Simpson
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William Sylvester

Mr. Weldman
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Logan Ramsey

Dr. Berman
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Richard X. Slattery

Desk Sergeant
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Margo Winkler

Mrs. Rizzo
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John Lawrence

Sergeant Kenefick
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Frank Farmer

Rizzo's Connection
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Cornelia Sharpe

Jackie Faraday
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Erin O'Reilly

Doris
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Danny Goldman

Mr. Crosby
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Nick St. Nicholas

Harold Connors
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Ibycus

Philip Lampson
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Howard Platt

Carletti
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Jack Knight

Hyatt
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Mimi Doyle

Mrs. Rosen
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Jessica Rains

Receptionist
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Carl Eller

Huge Black Man
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John Furlong

Policeman
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Kai Hernandez

Hooker
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Napoleon Whiting

Rizzo's Butler
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Andy Stone

Rizzo's Son Anthony
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Dominique Pinassi

Rizzo's Daughter
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Ron Cummins

Keneely's New Partner
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Elaine Partnow

Duty Nurse
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Karen Anders

Nurse
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Dee Carroll

Nurse
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Chick Hearn

Laker Sportscaster on Radio (voice) (uncredited)
Crew
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Peter Hyams

Director
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Peter Hyams

Writer
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Disc Releases
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Busting

(DVD)

12/20/2011

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Busting

(Blu-ray)

9/22/2015

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Busting

(Blu-ray, Keep Case (HD Slim, Low))

12/7/2021

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