Mitchell (1975) (part 2 of 8)

Later that day, we pan across Cummings’ house and find Mitchell sitting in a car with another cop named Tyzack. Tyzack gives a long-winded, semi-coherent explanation of why Mitchell has to watch Cummings, which has something to do with a stolen shipment of heroin coming in from Mexico. He warns Mitchell that “Leaning on Cummings is no joke, my friend. No one leans on Cummings, ’cause he stamps on people! And he’s got a big shoe!” Wow, prime Tough Cop talk!

Mitchell wants to know if the other cop would call this a “good assignment” but Tyzack says the Chief is just “quietly shipping you out of the way.” Mitchell says this makes him all the more determined to get both Cummings and Deaney, but the other cop says he probably won’t get either. Mitchell responds with something I can’t even make out. It may not be “Manos” quality, but the sound on this movie is quite poor, making the plot even more incomprehensible than it was already.

Mitchell gets out of the car and gets into another one that has conveniently been pre-parked at the stakeout location. Right on cue, Cummings’ car pulls into the driveway. Mitchell immediately runs up, huffing and puffing like he’s just seconds away from a heart attack. He flashes an ID card [?] and says he wants to talk to Cummings. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the whole point of a stakeout that the criminals don’t know the cops are there?

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Ryan Lohner

Ryan lives in Sparta, New Jersey, a quaint little burg without much for kids to do except go to the movies. Thus began a lifelong love affair, as even back then he grew to love examining why a film worked, or didn't. He is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society, and currently studying for a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science. His hobbies include running, piano, and annoying people with that damn lowercase forum user name.

Multi-Part Article: Mitchell (1975)

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