Cop Movies of the '70s Quiz

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Cop movies from the '70s ran the gamut from gritty revenge flicks to terrorist takeovers. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the characters, actors and stories that defined the decade's police flicks.

What '70s cop film featured a pair of lawmen named Gravedigger and Coffin?

The 1970 flick "Cotton Comes to Harlem" starred a pair of tough cops named Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson.

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What was the fraudster Deke O'Malley's favorite cause in "Cotton Comes to Harlem"?

The sly Rev. O'Malley pocketed donations from followers hoping to join a Back to Africa movement aboard a ship named "The Black Beauty."

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Who played Harry Callahan in "Dirty Harry"?

Clint Eastwood starred as tough cop Harry Callahan in the 1971 film.

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What killer is Eastwood's character trying to catch in "Dirty Harry"?

Eastwood's character is determined to stop a serial sniper who goes by the name Scorpio and demands $100,000 to stop his evil acts.

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What '70s police movie features a pair of detectives name Doyle and Russo?

The 1971 film "The French Connection" stars Detectives Jimmy Doyle and Buddy Russo.

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What is Detective Jimmy Doyle's nickname in "The French Connection"?

Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle and Buddy "Cloudy" Russo partner up on "The French Connection."

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How many "Shaft" films were made in the '70s?

The first film in the series, "Shaft, " came out in 1971 and was followed by two sequels, including "Shaft's Big Score" and "Shaft in Africa."

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What mobster hires Shaft to find his kidnapped daughter?

In the original 1971 "Shaft" movie, Shaft is hired by a Harlem mob leader named Bumpy Jonas.

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What city is the 1974 flick "McQ" set in?

John Wayne starred as Lt. Lon McQ, a Seattle police officer.

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What 1975 movie also starred John Wayne as a tough cop?

Wayne followed up the 1974 flick "McQ" with "Brannigan," in which he played a Chicago police officer.

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Where does Brannigan travel in the 1974 film?

Chicago cop Brannigan heads to the U.K. to find American mobster Ben Larkin, who's kidnapped after fleeing U.S. law enforcement.

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What holiday does "Assault on Precinct 13" revolve around?

In "Assault on Precinct 13," a group of cops spend New Year's Eve trying to protect their local station from a violent gang takeover.

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What is the name of the gang doing battle with the police in "Assault on Precinct 13"?

Los Angeles Police Department officers take on the Street Thunder, a gang equipped with a load of stolen weapons, in the 1976 flick.

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What actor plays Lt. Ethan Bishop in "Attack on Precinct 13"?

Austin Stoker plays newly promoted Lt. Bishop, who stands with his fellow officers to protect the precinct.

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What do thieves hijack in "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"?

Thieves hijack a subway car and hold the passengers for ransom in the 1974 film.

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What code names do the thieves use in "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"?

The bad guys in the film name themselves after the color of the subway line where each began the heist: Messrs. Green, Grey, Blue and Brown.

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Who played Lt. Zachary Garber in "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three"?

Walter Matthau played Garber, a New York transit police officer determined to rescue a group of subway passengers.

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What city is "Fuzz" set in?

Burt Reynolds played Boston Detective Steve Carella in the 1972 film "Fuzz."

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What year did "Across 110th Street" hit theaters?

"Across 110th Street," which starred Anthony Quinn as Capt. Frank Matelli, came out in 1972.

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What 1971 film featured Barry Newman as former cop Kowalski?

Newman played cop-turned-car delivery driver Kowalski in the 1971 film "Vanishing Point."

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What movie is a sequel to "Dirty Harry"?

The 1973 film "Magnum Force," which starred Clint Eastwood, is a sequel to the 1971 film "Dirty Harry."

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Who is Dirty Harry's partner in "Magnum Force"?

Felton Perry played Dirty Harry partner Earlington "Early" Smith in "Magnum Force."

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What was Detective Ben Shockley's poison of choice in "The Gauntlet"?

Clint Eastwood played alcoholic cop Ben Shockley in the 1977 film "The Gauntlet."

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What vehicle does Eastwood's character use to transport a witness to Las Vegas in "The Gauntlet"?

Eastwood hijacks a bus and uses it to safely transport a witness from Phoenix to Las Vegas because he suspects corruption on the police force.

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What actor starred in the 1973 film "Serpico"?

Al Pacino played Frank Serpico, the last honest cop in the New York Police Department.

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What year did "The Seven-Ups" come out?

"The Seven-Ups," which features a squad of plainclothes police who aren't afraid to play dirty, came out in 1973.

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Who played cop Lou Torrey in "The Stone Killer"?

Charles Bronson starred as Lou Torrey, a Los Angeles cop who tangles with the Sicilian Mafia in "The Stone Killer."

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Which of these actors was NOT part of the ensemble cast in "The Choirboys"?

James Woods, Randy Quaid, Charles Durning and Louis Gossett Jr. shared the spotlight in the 1977 film "The Choirboys."

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What does honest cop Vince Newman discover in the police force in the 1974 film "Newman's Law"?

Newman investigates a drug ring within the police department in the 1974 flick.

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What is Sheriff Reed Morgan seeking in the 1974 film "Macon County Line"?

Sheriff Morgan seeks revenge on a pair of drifters who killed his wife in the 1974 independent film.

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