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Starsky and Hutch
Starsky and Hutch.Season1.jpg
Starsky and Hutch (later) Season One Opening Credits (note the "&" in place of the early "and").
Format Police drama
Created by William Blinn
Starring David Soul
Paul Michael Glaser
Antonio Fargas
Bernie Hamilton
Richard Ward (pilot)
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 93
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (American Broadcasting Company)
Original run April 30, 1975 – May 15, 1979

Starsky and Hutch (usually written as Starsky & Hutch) is a 1970s US television series that consisted of a 90-minute pilot movie (originally aired as a Movie of the Week entry) and 92 episodes of 60 minutes each; created by William Blinn, produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions, and broadcast between April 30, 1975 and May 15, 1979 on the ABC network; distributed by Columbia Pictures Television in the United States and, originally, Metromedia Producers Corporation in Canada and some other parts of the world. Sony Pictures Television is now the worldwide distributor for the series.

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Overview

One of the Ford Gran Torinos used in the motion picture Starsky & Hutch.

The protagonists were two Southern California policemen: the dark-haired Brooklyn transplant David Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) who was a streetwise detective with intense, sometimes childlike moods, and the blond Duluth, Minnesota native Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson (David Soul), a more reserved and intellectual character. Under the radio call sign "Zebra Three", they were known for tearing around the streets of a usually unnamed big city for the fictional "B.C.P.D." (The eventual 2004 feature film addressed this by calling its big-city setting "Bay City." Generally, the TV series was rather obviously filmed in the Los Angeles area. The term "Los Angeles" was rarely said on the show; an exception was on the fourth-season episode "Targets Without a Badge.") The vehicle of choice was Starsky's two-door Ford Gran Torino, which was red with a large white vector stripe. It was nicknamed the "Striped Tomato" by Hutch in the episode "Kill Huggy Bear"; the nickname was subsequently adopted by the fans of the series. However, the term didn't come from the writers - it came from a real-life comment that Glaser made. In a segment titled Starsky & Hutch: Behind The Badge that was featured on the first season DVD collection, Glaser stated that when he was first shown the Torino by Aaron Spelling, he sarcastically said to Soul, "That thing looks like a striped tomato!" Hutch also had a car, a battered tan 1973 Ford Galaxie 500, which occasionally appeared when the duo needed separate vehicles or for undercover work.

Their main underworld contact was the street-wise, jive-talking Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas), who often dressed extravagantly and ran his own bar named Huggy Bear's, later The Pits. The duo's boss was the gruff, no-nonsense but fair Captain Harold Dobey, played by Bernie Hamilton in the series (gravel-voiced actor Richard Ward in the pilot). Starsky and Hutch was one of the first prime-time dramatic shows to cast black characters in a positive light; with both Captain Dobey, and—despite his walking on the edge of the law—the honest and trustworthy Huggy seen to be positive black role models. Huggy's immense popularity caused Spelling and Goldberg to consider giving Fargas his own series. The second season episode "Huggy Bear and the Turkey" was the test pilot for a proposed spin off with Huggy and his friend, former Sheriff "Turkey" Turquet (Dale Robinette) becoming private investigators; however, it never led to a series. In the episode it was revealed that Huggy's last name is Brown (no clue as to his first name was given).

Two character names came from William Blinn's past: "Starsky" was the name of a high school friend, and "Huggy Bear" was a local disc jockey.

Fans loved the gritty, often violent, plotlines, comic banter, and particularly the close, devoted and enduring friendship between Starsky and Hutch. In stark contrast to police characters on TV up until this time, Starsky and Hutch were open with physical gestures of affection, often declaring that they trusted only each other against the world. In a "blooper tape" made during the show's run that can be found on YouTube, the narrator intones that some Hollywood industry types referred to the characters as "French kissing prime-time homos"; Soul verified this statement in a 1999 "cast reunion" interview in the United Kingdom. This parallels a similar claim that was leveled by psychologist Fredric Wertham in his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent about the relationship between the comic book hero Batman and his sidekick Robin; "male bonding" is the term now used for such relationships. However, during the 1980s some fans, mostly women, started writing and extralegally publishing "slash fiction" stories about the pair and continue to do so in print and on the Internet. [1]

Many fans were attracted not just by the characters, but the quality of writing during the first two seasons (despite the fact that the majority of first season stories were actually existing scripts that were merely adapted to fit the series). The second season episode "Long Walk Down a Short Dirt Road", featured country star Lynn Anderson as a singer being stalked by a deranged person and was based upon a real-life incident involving Dolly Parton. The part was written with Parton in mind, but Anderson wound up playing the role.

In 1977, a rising concern about violence on TV, along with Glaser's concerns about the level of violence in the series, forced the screenplay writers to cut down on violent action scenes and to employ more romantic and socially themed episodes, and play up the "buddy buddy" aspect of the show's leads even more so. At the same time, the lead actors, Glaser in particular, became jaded with the general theme of Starsky and Hutch. These and other factors contributed to the fading popularity of the series.

Glaser indicated several times that he wanted to get out of his contract and leave the series; he even sued to be released from his contract before the start of the third season. It seemed that he would not be returning for filming, so to fill the gap he would have left, the character of Officer Linda Baylor, played by Roz Kelly was created, and a number of alternative scripts featuring the character instead of Starsky were written (whether the shows name would have remained the same is unknown). After being given more control over scripts, opportunities to direct, and a per episode pay raise from $5,000 to $35,000, Glaser was persuaded to continue, and Baylor only ever appeared in one episode (alongside both Starsky and Hutch) in the Play Misty for Me-inspired episode "Fatal Charm".

Glaser again voiced his desires to leave during the fourth season. This time, Starsky's wayward younger brother Nick (John Herzfeld) was introduced in the episode "Starsky's Brother". It was intended that if Glaser was to quit, that the reformed Nick would join the force and fill Glaser's place (this time at least being able to keep the shows title as Starsky & Hutch); Glaser decided to finish out the season. Although a fifth season was planned, it was ultimately Glaser's desire to quit and declining ratings which brought an end to the series. Ironically, as with many leading actors in hit shows over the years (such as Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek, Adam West in Batman, Tom Baker in Doctor Who, etc.), Glaser initially had little regard for his most famous role[2] and wanted to be distanced from it, but in recent years has come to embrace it.

After its prime-time run, Starsky and Hutch was offered in syndication and has been shown on several local and cable networks, including The National Network and WWME-CA in Chicago. Several episodes from the first two seasons can be viewed for free in Minisode and regular format on Crackle.

Much of the show was shot on location in the Los Angeles beach community of San Pedro. The building that was used as the "Metro Division" headquarters is now San Pedro's City Hall.

List of episodes

DVD releases

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has released all 4 Seasons on DVD in Regions 1 and 2.

DVD Name Ep # Release dates
Region 1 Region 2
The Complete 1st Season 23 March 2, 2004 March 15, 2004
The Complete 2nd Season 25 July 20, 2004 July 19, 2004
The Complete 3rd Season 23 March 15, 2005 February 28, 2005
The Complete 4th Season 22 October 17, 2006 February 13, 2006

International

  • In Italy was aired the 15 March 1979 on prime time on Rai Due achieving smash-hit status. Many years later (in 1987) it was broadcast again, this time in the late afternoon, on Italia 1 and on 2007 Rai Tre (at lunchtime). After some reruns on Italia 1 and AXN, in 2009 the series is broadcast on mondays on Fox Retro.
  • In France, the show was shown on TF1. The French version replaces the original theme(s) with a French song, singing about "Starsky et Hutch".
  • In the United Kingdom, the series was a huge hit when it began showing on BBC One (debuting 23 April 1976, and soon catching up with US broadcasts), with occasional re-runs through to the early 1990s. It was re-run by Five in 2003 in a 10 a.m. slot (later 11 a.m.; moving later on to an afternoon 2:30 p.m. slot); During its prime-time run, however, the BBC heavily edited or skipped altogether certain episodes; in fact, the first season episode "The Fix" (in which mobsters inject Hutch with heroin in order to extract information from him) was deemed too graphic and was effectively "banned" from all the corporation's runs of the series (despite being shown after the 9 p.m. watershed). Several other controversial episodes did on occasion air, but were heavily edited and / or seldom aired due to their nature. "The Fix" was never shown on British terrestrial television until May 31, 1999, as part of Channel 4's "Starsky & Hutch Night" (which also included the Pilot, a documentary about the series, and the second season episode "Gillian"). On January 10, 2003, Five actually broadcast "The Fix" in their regular 10 a.m. slot; however, the episode was notably edited, and the scene of Hutch being injected with heroin was almost completely absent. The series is now shown on the UK satellite channel Zone Thriller, which was rebranded as CBS Action in November 2009.
  • The first season is frequently aired on the Middle East Broadcasting Center with Arabic subtitles.
  • In Australia it airs on Digital Channel Go!.

Cars

Stunt cars, camera cars, tow cars, dolly cars, and cars used for "beauty" shots varied in model year from 1974 to 1976 Ford Torinos, since the body style of the Gran Torino was unchanged.

Originally, Blinn was to have Starsky drive a Chevrolet Camaro convertible because he fondly remembered a green and white one that he owned. However, when production started on the pilot episode, Ford Motor Company's Studio-TV Car Loan Program was the lease supplier for Spelling-Goldberg. They looked at lease stock and chose two 1975 351 Windsor V8-powered (VIN code "H") "Bright Red" (paint code 2B) 2-door Gran Torinos. Both cars had a 'role' in the pilot movie, one being "Starsky's" car, and the other being a similar car which is mistaken for Starsky's car by the film's villains. They each had body-side moldings along with a black interior with vinyl bench seats. Interestingly, one of the 'pilot' cars had the 'luxury' remote-control chrome mirrors installed, while the other 'pilot' car had the cheaper, entry-level manual chrome mirrors installed. Unfortunately, in editing the film, Starsky and Hutch are shown to be driving around in each of the two cars at different times during the film. The cars were also custom painted (on top of the factory red paint color) with the distinctive white "vector" stripe designed by Spelling-Goldberg's transportation coordinator George Grenier. The rear ends were lifted by air shocks, and had "U.S." brand 5-slot mag wheels added with larger rear tires. While the tires were mounted so that only the blackwall side would show, thus hiding any unauthorized brand-name display, in one first season episode ("Kill Huggy Bear"), a close-up shot of the villain cutting the rear brake lines shows the letters on the inside-facing side of the tires to say 'Firestone'. It is reported that the original 2.75:1 ratio rear axle gearing (standard on non-police Torinos from 1975 onward) was replaced with numerically higher ratio gears for better acceleration during stunt driving scenes; in the 1999 interview, Glaser said that "We finally had to get a new rear end put in it so that at zero to sixty it had some pop." At least one of the second-season cars was known to have a Dymo label prominently attached to the dashboard which read "DO NOT EXCEED 50 MPH"; this was probably due to the fact that the revised gearing would cause the engine revolutions per minute (RPM) to go to a higher level, possibly leading to engine damage.

In the 1999 UK and "Behind The Badge" interviews, Glaser said that during the early stages of production of the pilot, Spelling took him outside to 'introduce' him to the Torino in all its red & white-striped, mag-wheeled glory. Glaser took an immediate and long-lasting dislike to the car, which has not changed to this day. According to Glaser in several early interviews, there were three main reasons why he instantly hated the car: First, in his opinion, it was big, ugly and childish-looking. Secondly, the idea that two 'undercover' cops would drive around in a car with such an outlandish appearance seemed ludicrous, and lastly, he doesn't like Ford products (although in a picture that was printed in an issue of the National Enquirer, Glaser is shown on the side of a California freeway with a flat-tired Ford Explorer) . At the first viewing of the car with David Soul (Hutch), Glaser remarked that the car looked like a 'striped tomato'. That nick-name stuck, and very soon the show's writers had worked it into the show as Hutch's derogatory name for Starsky's beloved Torino. Glaser remarked to Soul that he hated the car and that he was "going to destroy that car...burn it down every chance I get!", and repeated the story in the 1999 "reunion" interview. Several scenes of Glaser driving the car show him smashing the front wheels into curbs as he slides the car around corners and such, but that may also be attributable to the fact that he is primarily an actor, not a trained stunt-driver. Over the years, with the Starsky & Hutch Torino gaining in popularity and becoming a much-loved icon of the show and of the seventies in general, Glaser has not so much grown to appreciate the car as he has learned to simply accept its popularity as a necessary component of the fans' appreciation of the show. In fact, during filming of the 2004 Starsky & Hutch movie, Glaser had several opportunities to sit in the newest iteration of 'his' car, and even drive them, but he refused. He just wasn't interested; however, in 2004, during the last day of filming a movie in Canada, the crew wanted a group picture of Glaser with a Starsky and Hutch Torino, so he agreed to sit in the driver's seat of a Limited Edition replica with the crew surrounding the car [3].

New 'high performance' engine sounds were dubbed over scenes during the show because California law forbade mechanically modifying the engines of new cars. When the pilot was successful, Spelling-Goldberg ordered two new 1975 red Gran Torinos for the first season. These cars were powered by 400 Modified V8s (VIN code "S") because extra power was going to be needed for additional stunt driving scenes. These new cars for the first-season were factory ordered in the bright red color (Ford paint code: 2B), which was a regular production color for 1975 Torinos. Unlike the pilot-movie cars, the first-season Torinos had no body-side moldings, but did have body-colored "sport" mirrors, and 'brocade' cloth split-bench seats. With the acquisition of the new cars, the producers took the opportunity to 'improve' the design of the white stripe painted on the cars. The original 'pilot-movie' cars had the bottom horizontal edge of the stripe about an inch or so above the mid-body character line that ran along the bodysides of the car, which was apparently done so that the section of the stripe that passes above the front wheel opening would not be 'cut-off' by the wheel opening, but for the first-season cars, the bottom horizontal edge of the stripe was lowered and now directly on the bodyside crease, which gave overall a more cohesive look to the design of the stripe. The section of stripe that runs across the front wheel opening was gradually curved up and around the opening. The stripe was also thicker on the roof section and whereas the front pointed section ended well behind the amber marker light on the pilot cars, the newer design had the point ending far ahead of it, on the front facia piece. These new cars also featured the complete 'bumper protection group' option, which included horizontal black 'rub-strips' on both bumpers that were not included on the 'pilot' cars.

For the start of the second season, these were replaced by two 1976 Gran Torinos that had vinyl split-bench seats like the pilot episode cars. The new cars were ordered under Ford's fleet program, which is what was required to get them painted in the previous year's 'Bright Red'(2B), as Ford used a different shade of red for new standard-order Torinos by this point. These newer cars can be identified by their silver 'sight shields' (bumper filler panels) which Ford used on specially painted fleet-ordered cars. They also had the luxury chrome mirrors like one of the pilot cars. Even though the body-colored 'sport' mirrors were still a Torino option in 1976, they could not be installed on a fleet-ordered specialty-painted car, as Ford had no provision for producing those mirrors in anything other than the regular production colors listed for that year. And since the 2B bright red was a special fleet-ordered color for the '76 model year, the cars came equipped with the chrome mirrors. The body-side moldings were installed on these cars and the stripe was, unlike the pilot cars, integrated with the moldings. They were powered by 460 Lima V8s (VIN code "A") , and Spelling-Goldberg kept these Torinos until production ceased. While these were the biggest, most powerful engines available from Ford at the time, they were still woefully underpowered at 202 net horsepower. A third car, owned by 20th Century Fox and 351 Windsor powered, was used as the first backup to the Ford lease cars.

Over time, an unforeseen problem was discovered with the Torinos when they were used during stunt driving scenes. In sharp right-hand turns, Soul would sometimes slide accidentally across the vinyl bench into Glaser. Although a potential safety hazard at the time, the problem was solved by replacing the front bench of the number two Torino with bucket seats at Glaser and Soul's request; Glaser said in 1999, "It took us a year to get them to put bucket seats in it so David wouldn't slide all over the place whenever I took a corner."

The aggressive stunt driving required of the show resulted in many accidents and fender-benders for the Torinos. The time demands of a weekly production mandated quick body and paint repairs so the cars could get 'back to work' as soon as possible, and many of the quick and often sloppy repairs are quite evident to eagle-eyed viewers of the show. The front fenders seemed to have taken a lot of abuse, and the 'Gran Torino' nameplates on the front fenders are missing in several episodes, as are the chrome wheelhouse moldings.

Towards the end of the four seasons of production, the Torinos were each noticeably worse-for-wear, and close watchers of the later episodes will spot many dents and other damage on the cars as they appear in various episodes. In particular, the driver's side 1/4 panel and tail-light area was seen to be smashed up in a couple of different 4th season episodes, and at least one of the cars was shown to have a dented and twisted front bumper along with some visible damage to the grill behind the bumper. The very last appearance of the Torino on the series seems to show that the driver's door and window will not even close correctly, possibly due to the rigors and effects of the 'spirited' stunt driving the car suffered over the years.

Due to the success of S&H, in 1976 (the Torino's final year) Ford released a limited edition (only 1001 units total, plus three 'pilot production' cars) Starsky and Hutch replica Gran Torino.[4] Manufactured at the Chicago plant, one of these code "PS 122" units was leased by Spelling-Goldberg from the middle of season two until the series' end as a second backup for the main cars and was known simply as "Unit 129". It was originally equipped with a 351 Modified (also VIN code "H") ; however, during filming, one of the stuntmen damaged the engine beyond repair, and it was replaced overnight with a 429 Lima V8.

During the last season of Starsky and Hutch, The Dukes of Hazzard premiered on CBS, and one of the factory replicas was used in the first episode, "One Armed Bandits", seen to be driven by regular character Cooter Davenport (Ben Jones). This was the only appearance of the Torino in the series, and many fans have speculated over its strange one-off appearance. One theory is that it was merely an in-joke, with the Torino's former iconic car status now being taken over by the Dukes' car "The General Lee".

After Starsky and Hutch was canceled, the cars were returned to Ford and sold at auction. Currently, Torino #1 is owned by a man in Ohio.[5] Unrestored and somewhat battered, it still has its original 460 V8, interior, and paint. Torino #2[6] is owned by a New Jersey man who supplied the main close-up Torino (featured on the movie posters)[7] for 2004's big-screen Starsky & Hutch movie. During its life after Starsky and Hutch, #2 was wrecked and sold as salvage. It was repaired, although it was repainted the wrong shade of red and the iconic stripe was improperly painted. Although still equipped with bucket seats, #2 no longer has its original 460 engine, which was replaced at some point with a 2.8 liter Ford V-6. The car is currently undergoing restoration in Pennsylvania. Finally, the 20th Century Fox Torino was purchased in 2009 by the owner of #2, while "Unit 129" is owned by a collector in New Hampshire.[8] In addition, the Torino has many fans and collectors in the United Kingdom, as evidenced by the large number of UK-owned replicas (both factory and aftermarket).[9]

As stated previously, Glaser wasn't fond of the Torino as he found the car to be garish. Due to his contempt for the Torino, he deliberately mistreated the cars during close-up stunt scenes when he drove (this was admitted to in a 1997 letter he wrote to the owner of the #1 Torino; and in a first season DVD interview he said that tried to "destroy" the cars) and would often stop the car by hitting the front wheels against curbs, as well as coming into driveways at high speed and bumping into garbage dumpsters.

Firearms

In the pilot episode, Starsky carries a M1911 pistol in .45 ACP, but once the series began, Starsky carried a 9mm Smith and Wesson Model 59.

In the pilot episode and through the series entire run, Hutch carries a Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver. Hutch's weapon was a medium-barrel length at the start of the series; however, in the third first-season episode "Texas Longhorn", the "Zak" character carried a long-barreled model, and Soul subsequently asked to carry that version from that point forward.

The criminals carry a variety of guns: rifles, shotguns, pistols, and revolvers in a variety of makes, models, and calibers.

Theme music

The first season of the show had a dark and ominous theme written by Lalo Schifrin that seemed to fit the hard action and violence of the season; the main title version was edited down from the chase climax cue of his score for the pilot episode. The end credits featured a similar piece of ominous music.

The first season theme was replaced for the second season by a Tom Scott-written theme entitled "Gotcha". The iconic "Gotcha" is the best known of the show's themes, and has been covered by several musicians, including the James Taylor Quartet and The Ventures. A version of "Gotcha" was featured on Scott's 1977 album Blow It Out. For the third season, a more dramatic theme was used that highlighted the show's move to more socially-conscious and light-hearted stories. It was written by Mark Snow and released on an LP around 1979.

A reworked "Gotcha", similar in style (but not idential) to the version on Blow It Out, returned for the fourth, last season. The revamped version was the most easy-going of the different themes for the series, reflecting the last season's increased "buddy buddy" feel.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Starsky and Hutch is a 2004 spoof remake of the original Starsky and Hutch television series from the 1970s. Two streetwise plainclothes policemen, driving in a 1975 Ford Torino, bust criminals with the help of underworld player, Huggy Bear. The movie functions as a sort of prequel to the TV series, as it portrays when Starsky was first partnered with Hutchinson.

Directed by Todd Phillips. Written by Todd Philips.
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David Starsky

  • In Bay City, when you step over the line, your nuts are Mine!
  • Stop shooting my car!
  • When I house sit for my sister I don't claim it's my house.
  • [After accidentally shooting a horse] Are you okay, little pony?
  • Come on cap, don't drag Hutch into this. I shot the pony.
  • [kid throws a knife and hits Starsky] Ow! Oh, mama! What is your problem?
  • A little word of advice: next time you're watching a place, don't claim that you own it just because you're watching it, OK? I house sit for my sister all the time; it's not like I claim that I own her house, ya know what I mean?
  • That's me in the leather jacket and tight jeans.
  • I am not my MOTHER.
  • It was my mother she always used to say it was too much car for me to handle. I couldn't handle the V8.
  • Do it, Do it.

Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson

  • I've always had this theory about police work. If you can't beat 'em? join 'em! Besides, a lot of cops worry about the wrong thing - crime. Not me though. I'm looking out for numero uno.
  • [drunk in Huggy's bar, talking to another customer] Ruin me! He didn't care if he got ruined, that was the whole point of the episode.
  • [ducking] That ain't a kid, it's a tiny little man... And he's got knives. Goddamn.

Huggy Bear

  • I don't know. Listen to Jim Croce, play darts... whatever the hell else you white people do.
  • It's a Lincoln '76, won't be out 'till next year. But I know some people who know some people that rob some people.
  • I found yo' nine-iron, bitch.
  • Look man, this grass is Alabama Creepin' Bend, as opposed to Georgia Creepin' Bend. It's lighter.
  • That's for putting hands on Huggy Bear. Nobody touches the Bear, you dig?
  • Look what the wind blew in.
  • Nobody puts his hand on huggy bear u dig?
  • I believe that was God - the greatest mack of all.

Reese Feldman

  • It costs money. Planes: they cost money. My perm, this yacht, my kid's braces: it all costs money...Do you think Kitty's free?
  • If this shit wasn't illegal guys, we'd be up for the Nobel Prize.
  • Ya know, I believe it was our buddy Bill Shakespeare who said, "To err is human, but to forgive, well that's right on."
  • Goodbye, heroes!

Others

  • Big Earl: Alright guys, I'm not gonna lie to you. This is gonna get kinda weird... Two dragons.
  • Dancin' Rick: This floor is made for dancin', you can tell by the lights.

Dialogue

Kitty: Don't stress. Just relax.
Reese Feldman: I don't understand man, I don't understand. You can lose keys, ya know, you can lose your wallet. How... how do you lose a plane?
Drug Dealer: Reese, come on. What do you want me to do? You got three out of four planes in. That's still a lot of coke.
Reese Feldman: Now, see that? That's the kind of winning attitude that's gonna take this enterprise straight to the top.

[Starsky and Hutch are in the Captain's office]
Captain Doby: You've robbed 7 bookies over the past 6 months. You haven't filed a report, turned in any money; you haven't even arrested anybody.
Hutch: How can I arrest them? They'll know I'm a cop.
Starsky: Oh, I wouldn't worry. I don't think you're in any danger for being mistaken for a real cop.
Hutch: Oh really? Hey, why don't you do me a favor and go get yourself another perm and let the grown-ups talk.
Starsky: For your information, my hair is naturally curly.
Hutch: No it's not.
Starsky: Yes it is.
Hutch: That's a perm job all the way.
Starsky: TOUCH IT.
[Hutch touches Starsky's hair]
Captain Doby: Hey! Why are you touching him? Jesus. You know something? You two deserve each other. Make nice. You two are partners.

Starsky: It's 10 o'clock, you're late; I've been here since 8.
Hutch: 8 o'clock? I didn't even know this place opened at 8.
Starsky: Well, don't sweat it, 'cause ya know what? Crime called in sick, it's gonna get a late start too.
Hutch: Crime called in sick, I like that...

Hutch: Hey, there he is.
Willis: How's life at the clink treating you?
Hutch: Not great. I got this new tight-assed partner they stuck me with, but hopefully it won't last too long.
Willis: So, you got that $20 you owe me?
Hutch: 20? Willis, I thought it was 5!
Willis: Hutch, that was my grandmother's birthday money.
Hutch: Come on, ease up, I just told you things aren't going great for me down at the precinct, you know, just back off a little. Can I get it to you on Thursday?
Willis: No later than Thursday.
Hutch: No later than Thursday.

Hutch: Willis, I'd like you to meet my new partner, David Starsky.
Starsky: Hi Willis.
Willis: [to Hutch] Is this the dickweed you were telling me about?
Hutch: Just shake his hand.

Hutch: Okay, let me ask you a question, which one do you want cause we're gonna stick to this?
Starsky: I've always had a thing for blondes.
Hutch: Good, cause I'll take anything.

Starsky: [Speaking in a deep Brooklyn-ish accent to prepare for a disguise] Hey, do me a favor, tip your hat a little bit forward. C'mon.
Hutch: No, I like it where it is.
Starsky: No, seriously, come on, do it. Do it.
Hutch: Will you... will you stop with that. That voice makes you sound crazy.
Starsky: It does not make me sound crazy, it makes me sound like "Maury Finkle, founder of Finkle Fixtures, Biggest Lighting Fixture Chain in the Southland."
Hutch: Ohhhh, it's a little voice and a character. You got a whole back story. That's good.
Starsky: Yeah, little touches, ya know, little touches, little details. Ya wanna make the character full, real.

Starsky: [Heather takes off her clothes] So, did you uh.. When did he.. Did he.. What.. So Hutch do you got any more questions?
Hutch: Yeah, well, uh sure. We could... What's your sign?
Heather: Gemini.
Starsky: What uh... What do you weigh?
Heather: What does that have to do with anything?
Starsky: It has everything to do with anything and just answer the question please, ma'am.
Heather: Around 115 I guess, give or take. I wish I could be more helpful.
Hutch: Stop. Don't do that. You've been great. It's been terrific.
Heather: Anything else?
Starsky: I'm good.
Hutch: Yeah.
Starsky: Yeah.
Hutch: Thank you so much.

Hutch: [waiting outside Huggy's club] What, you've never run an errand on the clock before?
Starsky: No, I happen to take care of my personal business after work. When the taxpayers aren't paying me to protect them.
Hutch: Give me a break. You've never stopped and bought yourself a cup of coffee?
Starsky: I bring a thermos.

Huggy Bear: Hutch, you'll have the usual?
Hutch: You know it and make it a double.
Huggy Bear: Leon, get my a man a jack and tab. And double that.
Leon: You got it boss.
Starsky: Hey, I'll get a seltzer with a little lime if you got it.
Huggy Bear: I don't got it.
Starsky: Or not. That's cool. I'm good.

Hutch: [after seeing the Grand Torino] Whoa! Your stock just went up in my book, my friend. Pop the hood, let me see what you got under -
Starsky: Hey! Hotshot! What do you think you're doing? This is a Ford Grand Torino. It's not some crappy camper slash apartment. There are rules.
Hutch: Okay, okay.
Starsky: You do not bang on the hood. You never under any circumstances drive. And you will certainly not put your coffee mug on the roof of the car. In fact, no coffee in the car whatsoever. Coffee goes on the ground, you get in the car, we go.

Hutch: You gotta be kidding me. No way!
Starsky: What?
Hutch: A floater. Nothing harder to solve than a floater. No prints, body's usually bloated, it's next to impossible. All right, I say we push it out and hope the current pushes it down to the next precinct.
[Hutch tries to push the body away with a stick]
Starsky: Whoa, what are you doing?
Hutch: Trust me, you're gonna thank me for this one.
Starsky: Hey, seriously stop it.
Hutch: The key is not to pop it. You gotta be very ginger.
Starsky: Hey!
[Starsky points a gun at Hutch]
Hutch: What are you doing?!
Starsky: I said drop the stick.
Hutch: You're gonna point a gun at me? Okay, fine, have it your way. If it's so important knock yourself out. What are you gonna solve anyway?
Starsky: A murder. I'm gonna solve a murder.

Hutch: Look at all these cops. You really want to eat here?
Starsky: It's a great place. Pop's? Come on. If you're one of the cops you eat at Pop's.

Hutch: What do you hear on the street these days, Huggy?
Huggy Bear: Dig this. A little bird tells me there's gonna be a big coke deal in Bay City. One for the Guinness books. So they say.
Starsky: Interesting. Who would this little bird be?
Huggy Bear: Look man. I lay it out for y'all to play it out.
Starsky: All right. What does that mean?
Hutch: Don't worry about it.

Starsky: Wrong answer, Big Earl.
Bartender: Big Earl? I'm not Big Earl, I'm Jeff.
Hutch: Yeah, sure, no-one's who they say they are.
Bartender: Seriously. Think about it, I'm not even big.
Hutch: Yeah, he's got a point.
Starsky: Maybe it's one of those ironic names like Tiny over in vice. He's like eight feet tall and everyone calls him Tiny.
Hutch: Except this guy's kind of normal size, he'd have to be a lot smaller for a name like Big Earl to be ironic.
Starsky: You don't have to be a midget, how tall are you?
Bartender: I don't know, 5'9"?
Starsky: Well that is kind of...
Hutch: It's borderline, it's average.

Big Earl: [as Starsky tries to bribe Big Earl] I'll tell you what, I do like your blonde friend here. Let me see your belly button.
Hutch: No. Let's go.
[hangs up the phone]
Starsky: Hold on a second. The guy's obviously a freak. Just show him a little skin. Show him your stomach. Nobody's here.
Big Earl: Are we cool?
Starsky: Yes, we're cool.
Big Earl: [Hutch shows his stomach] Oh, eureka. God, that's nice. It's like a little bowl of oatmeal with a hole in it. I got one too. I just got a little more brown sugar on mine.

Starsky: Hey, Hutch, I beat that guy. What was that about?
Hutch: Sure you did. You won.
Starsky: You saw.
Hutch: You won. You danced your heart out.
Starsky: And everybody saw it.
Hutch: Shhh. Go to sleep.
Starsky: I was robbed.
Hutch: I know. Go to sleep. Go to sleep, tiny dancer.

Hutch: What else can you tell me about the guys that hired you?
Chau: Not much. Couple of whiteys. Nice suits. They pay. I do job.
Hutch: What'd they look like?
Chau: I don't know. They're white. All you guys look alike to me.
Hutch: That's funny. All you guys look alike to us.

Chau: [after the bullet falls back into the gun] Wait! There's really a bullet in the gun!
Starsky: Yes... I know...That is the point of...Russian Roulette!

Bat Mitzvah Singer: Rock into womanhood, Elizabeth. We know that you will.
Reese Feldman: What's that supposed to mean?

Huggy Bear: Look here, Hutch, you gon' have to lay up off this juice. You done had too much to drink.
Hutch: Come on! I feel like a million bucks. I'm just laughing, having a good time.
Huggy Bear: Look man, it ain't even funny no more. There used to be a time around here when you peed on the wall, you did it outside.
Hutch: Lighten up! It's Friday night. Okay, it's a bar.
Huggy Bear: Hutch, it's Wednesday afternoon man. Snap out of it.

Waitress: Hi, can I get you two a drink?
Starsky: You sure can sweetheart. Johnnie Red neat, ok, do it, Do It.
Waitress: Alright, and you?
Hutch: Do it, Bacardi and cola, do it, do it.
Waitress: Ok? I'll be right back.
Starsky: What are you doing?
Hutch: What?
Starsky: What was that? You just stole my voice.
Hutch: No, I didn't.
Starsky: Yes, you did. You got to come up with your own voice, ok, that's my thing.
Hutch: What am I supposed to do? I don't have a great cool little voice like you do.
Starsky: You come up with your own character. That's why you're the Texas oil tycoon guy...

Huggy Bear: I am an urban informer. I am not a snitch.
Starsky: Come on Huggy, what's the difference?
Huggy Bear: A snitch wears a wire. A snitch is the scum of the information industry.

Kevin: Tonight's second winner: Number 1-1-7.
Monix: Right on! Yeah!
Hutch: Yee-ha! Whoo! Yes! Thank you very much.
Starsky: Sit now. Do it. [Hutch huffs] Do it!
Hutch: The big man has just hit the mother lode! Old Shakes McGinty did it! Yes! Unbelievable!
Starsky: [as Finkle] This is incredible.
Hutch: I'm a rich man, and I'm gonna kiss you!

Starsky: Seriously, do it. Do it. Do it.
Reese Feldman: Listen, jackass. You either give me a ticket, or get the hell off this stage, you dig that?
[Starsky point his gun at Reese]
Reese Feldman: Whoa, whoa, whoa, guys.
Starsky: Pop the trunk, Candyman.
Hutch: You heard him. Pop it!
Captain Doby: What the hell are you two doing?
Starsky: Pop IT!

Starsky: Like you said, Feldman: Everybody deserves a second chance.
[Starsky fires at the front trunk of an Volkswagen]
Hutch: Whoa, what have we here? Does this look familiar? Some cocaine. Captain Doby, I suggest you take this to the lab and have it analyzed this time ...
[Reese grabs Hutch; puts a gun to Hutch's neck]
Starsky: Hutch!
Reese Feldman: Alright, freeze! Alright, everybody freeze! Put your hands where I can see them! Do it now!
Kevin: Put it down!
Captain Doby: You relax pal. Relax!
Kevin: Let's do it!
Reese Feldman: Put that gun down or I'm gonna kill your friend right here. Do it now!
Kevin: What the hell are we doing?
Reese Feldman: Do it now! Put it down!

Reese Feldman: [Kitty kisses Reese] Mmm... why'd I'd get so lucky?
Kitty: I dunno... I just love when you talk so tough...
Reese Feldman: Of course you do baby, that's why you're my girlfriend on the side.

Reese Feldman: [to a drug dealer] Coke: It costs money. Planes: they cost money. This yacht, this perm, my kid's braces: it all costs money. [pointing at his mistress] Do you think Kitty's free?
Kitty: What?

Starsky: I like your Lincoln.
Huggy Bear: It's a '76. Won't be out 'til next year. But I know some people that know some people that robbed some people.

Hutch: [pointing at Starsky] I like your style.
Starsky: [pointing at Hutch] I like your moves.

Reese Feldman: You know a lot about golf.
Huggy Bear: I know even more about grass.

Reese Feldman: Will you do my back, please. I don't wanna tan weird, am I tanning weird?
Kitty: No you look really good, you're really bronzing.

Kitty: Oh, my God, we almost nearly got killed.
Reese Feldman: Thank you for pointing out something I wouldn't have noticed by myself. You're a benefit to have.

Hutch: Hey Reese, this is a nice boat, is it yours?
Reese Feldman: Actually, that's a yacht.
Hutch: Oh, I'm sorry, a yacht.
Starsky: Hutch, can we please focus on the investigation?

Hutch: [reading Starsky's report on him] "Cavorting with nefarious characters". "Conduct unbecoming an officer".
Starsky: Come on. I wrote that thing two weeks ago, things are totally cool with us now.
Hutch: Did you go through my locker?
Starsky: No.
Hutch: You went through my locker.
Starsky: I mean, I may have looked through it while it was open but...
Hutch: If you've got a problem with someone you tell it to their face, you come to them as a man. You don't go behind their back, write a thesis and try to get transferred to another precinct.

Manetti: Well, if it isn't Sonny & Cher.
Starsky: Sit on it, Manetti.

Starsky: Biker bar, huh? What goes on down there?
Huggy Bear: I don't know. Listen to Jim Croce, play darts... whatever the hell else you white people do.

Huggy Bear: Dig this man. Someone once said: "To err is human, to forgive divine."
Hutch: Tch. What idiot said that?
Huggy Bear: I believe that was God - the greatest mack of all.

Big Earl: [on the phone with Reese Feldman] What are you wearing? Real quick, be honest.
Reese Feldman: What am I wearing? A silk flowered shirt and a vest. Why?
Big Earl: Oh that's gorgeous.
Reese Feldman: You sick son of a bitch.
Big Earl: Don't hang up. Don't hang up.
[Reese hangs up]

Hutch: Are you crying?
Starsky: Hmm?
Hutch: Are you crying?
Starsky: [hesitating] Am I crying? I'm not crying. You are.
Hutch: It's okay to cry. People cry.
Starsky: Well, I'm not like many people. I'm not a crier, I don't cry, I work out. I have a job, I have hobbies...

Starsky: I'm just gonna take it slow for a while, get the feel of it.
Hutch: No, no, that's smart. Do that.
[Starsky accelerates]
Hutch: Starsky.
Starsky: Hang on.
Hutch: No. No.
Starsky: Hang on. Woo.

Taglines

  • They're the man.
  • The original partners in crime.
  • Tough on crime. Easy on the eye.
  • Always on the lookout for a big bust.
  • Crimebustin's a joint effort.
  • Good Cops. Bad Hair.

Cast

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