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Busting is a 1974 film directed by Peter Hyams, starring Elliott Gould and Robert Blake as Los Angeles police detectives. This film was the main inspiration for the television show Starsky & Hutch, launched in 1975.

Directed by Peter Hyams
Produced by Robert Chartoff
Irwin Winkler
Written by Peter Hyams
Starring Elliott Gould
Robert Blake
Allen Garfield
Antonio Fargas
Sid Haig
Michael Lerner
Music by Billy Goldenberg
Cinematography Earl Rath
Edited by James Mitchell
Release date
  • 1974 (1974)
Running time
91 min.
Country United States
Language English


Plot summaryEdit

Two vice squad detectives investigate a series of crimes, with varying degrees of success. They change their focus to trying to bust LA crime kingpin Carl Rizzo, whom they believe to be responsible for much of the criminal activity they have been investigating.



Robert Chartoff wanted to make another film about vice cops after The New Centurions.[1] They hired Peter Hymans off the back of the success of his TV movie, Goodnight, My Love. "I’d made a TV movie of the week that people had liked, and people started coming after me," he recalled. "The producers Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler came to me and said they wanted to do a film about vice cops. I said okay, and spent about six months researching it."[2]

Hyams later said "like a journalist, I went around to New York, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles and spoke with hookers, pimps, strippers and cops and DAs. Every episode in the film was true."[3]


The film was not a popular success.[3]


  1. ^ Shoot-out Marks Grand Central's Hollywood Debut Thomas, Kevin. Los Angeles Times 26 Mar 1973: f1.
  2. ^ "Directors Special: Peter Hyams Film by Film", Empire Magazine accessed 30 July 2014
  3. ^ a b Interview with Peter Hyams by Luke Ford accessed 27 July 2014

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