Badge of the Assassin (1985)

yaphet kotto in badge of the assassin
Yaphet Kotto as Detective Cliff Fenton

Badge of the Assassin is a 1985 television film starring James Woods, Yaphet Kotto and Alex Rocco. It was directed by Mel Damski. The film first aired on the Columbia Broadcasting System network on November 2, 1985. The film’s production company was Blatt-Singer Productions.

Three black revolutionaries gun down two New York City police officers. The subsequent investigation puts a white assistant DA and a black police detective on the trail of the killers that leads from New York to San Francisco and down to New Orleans.

 

Cast (in credits order) 

Yaphet Kotto          …        Detective Cliff Fenton NYPD

James Woods             …        Robert K. Tanenbaum, Assistant District Attorney

Alex Rocco                  …        Detective Bill Butler NYPD

David Harris              …        Lester Bertram Day

Steven Keats               …        Harold Skelton, Defense Attorney

Larry Riley                  …        Herman Bell

Pam Grier                   …        Alexandra ‘Alie’ Horn

Rae Dawn Chong      …        Christine Horn

Richard Bradford     …        L.J. Delsa

Kene Holiday            …        Albert Washington (as Kene Holliday)

Toni Kalem                …        Diane Piagentini

Tamu Blackwell        …        Gloria Lapp

Richard Brooks         …        Anthony ‘Tony’ Bottom

Akosua Busia             …        Ruth

Lewis Arquette          …        Foreman #1

Alan Blumenfeld       …        Charlie

Ernie Lively                …        U.S. Marshal

Ray Girardin              …        FBI Agent King

David Wohl                …        Ken Klein

Kelly Jo Minter         …        Rachel Torres (as Kelly Minter)

Lew Palter                  …        Judge Greenfield

Noble Willingham    …        Airport Guard

Paul Perri                   …        Joseph Piagentini

Henry G. Sanders     …        Foreman #2 (as Henry Sanders)

Miguel Sandoval       …        Francisco Torres (as Michael Sandoval)

Drew Snyder              …        Inspector McCoy

Judith Brown             …        Reporter #1 (as Judy Brown)

Kim Delgado              …        Waverly Jones

John Brandon            …        Court Clerk #2

Terry Brannon           …        Mississippi Officer

Reggie Bruce              …        Road Gang Guy (as Reginald Bruce)

Daniel H. Blatt          …        Reporter #2

Tomas Gorosteita     …        Gabriel Torres

Sheila Johns              …        Linda McGill

Glenn-Michael Jones  …        San Francisco Officer (as Glenn Michael Jones)

Tom Kindle                    …        Detective Laroche, New Orleans Police

Paul McCauley               …        Mississippi Judge

Fred Lerner                     …        Sgt. Kowalski

Robert Benjamin Pope     …        Ulysses Tatum (as Robert B. Pope)

Charlie Stavola                    …        Judge Aloysius Melia

Dierk Torsek                       …        Defense Attorney

Charles Walker                   …        Court Clerk #1

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