Report to the Commissioner 1975

Yaphet Kotto as Richard 'Crunch' Blackstone
Yaphet Kotto as Richard ‘Crunch’ Blackstone

Report to the Commissioner is a 1975 crime drama film based on James Mills’ 1972 book and is also Richard Gere’s film debut. The story involves a rookie cop (Michael Moriarty) in the New York City Police Department who is assigned a special missing person case, which in fact is meant to be a wild-goose chase to back up an undercover female police officer’s role as the girlfriend of a drug dealer.

The film was directed by Milton Katselas and features a musical score by Elmer Bernstein. The script is by two Oscar-winning screenwriters, Abby Mann (Judgment at Nuremberg) and Ernest Tidyman (The French Connection).


Yaphet Kotto                …            Richard ‘Crunch’ Blackstone

Michael Moriarty             …            Bo Lockley

Susan Blakely                    …            Patty Butler

Hector Elizondo                …            Captain D’Angelo

Tony King                           …            Thomas ‘Stick’ Henderson

Michael McGuire               …            Lt. Hanson

Edward Grover                   …            Captain Strichter

Dana Elcar                           …            Chief Perna

Bob Balaban                       …            Joey Egan (as Robert Balaban)

William Devane                 …            Asst. D.A. Jackson

Stephen Elliott                   …            Police Commissioner

Richard Gere                      …            Billy

Vic Tayback                        …            Lt. Seidensticker

Albert Seedman                 …            Detective Schulman

Noelle North                      …            Samantha

Bebe Drake                        …            Dorothy (as Bebe Drake Hoods)

Sonny Grosso                    …            Detective

Lee Delano                         …            Detective

Vincent Van Lynn             …            Detective

Bob Golden                         …            Detective

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