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Newman's Law

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Newman's Law
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
Directed by Richard Heffron
Release Date 1974
Studio Universal Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Vince Newman George Peppard
Gary Roger Robinson
Reardon Eugene Roche
Pete Jimenez Victor Campos
Falcone Louis Zorich
coroner Kip Niven
John Dellanzia Abe Vigoda
Frank Acker Michael Lerner

Newman's Law is a 1974 American crime film. George Peppard plays an L.A.P.D. detective who runs afoul of gangsters and corrupt officers in his agency who are in league with the mob. It was the first theatrical film directed by television veteran Richard Heffron. Some sources state the script was initially written as a television pilot but was turned into a movie instead. Filmed on a B-movie budget and packed with classic Seventies cop movie tropes (not to mention Seventies styles) it is an effective little crime movie with an excellently choreographed gunfight set in a supermarket.

The following weapons were used in the film Newman's Law:



Smith & Wesson Model 15

Vince Newman (George Peppard) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 15 as his sidearm through much of the film. Detective Pete Jimenez (Victor Campos) also carries a Model 15 as does Falcone during the climactic assault on Falcone's house. Filmed in the summer of 1973 the L.A.P.D. provided technical assistance. The agency had switched to the Model 15 in 1970 so the revolver receiving such heavy use is correct.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolver with 4" barrel - .38 Special
Newman fires his Model 15 during the super-market battle
Detective Jimenez (Victor Campos) fires his Model 15 during the super-market fight.
Falcone (Louis Zorich) stalks Newman.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Vince Newman (George Peppard) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 10 as his primary sidearm before he is suspended. It is also carried by his commanding officer, Lt. Reardon (Eugene Roche). The L.A.P.D. has historically allowed its officers considerable leeway when it comes to handguns and the Model 10 was one of the models that was authorized as an alternate to the Model 15.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose revolver - .38 Special.
Newman takes aim at a fleeing suspect.
Reardon fires his Model 10 at a suspect.

Smith & Wesson Model 28

Newman's partner Gary (Roger Robinson) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 28 as his duty sidearm. He uses it during the supermarket firefight.

S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman with factory target grips - .357 Magnum

Walther PPK

Falcone (Louis Zorich) uses a Walther PPK to emphasize to his attorney that he is not happy with his work.

Walther PPK - .32 ACP

Submachine Guns

M1A1 Thompson

Newman (George Peppard) uses an M1A1 Thompson during the film's climax when he goes after Falcone directly.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP


Winchester 1897 Riot

Both uniformed L.A.P.D. officers and members of the hit team sent after Newman use Winchester Model 1897s with 20" "Riot" barrels during the supermarket firefight.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 gauge



After he is fired from the department, Newman (George Peppard) acquires an M16 with the three-pronged flash hider. He uses it to take several shots at Falcone and his associates while they are enjoying a beautiful morning next to the pool. Any resemblance to Magnum Force is purely coincidental.

M16 with 20-round magazine - 5.56x45mm

Winchester Model 70

Falcone's (Louis Zorich) bodyguards use Winchester Model 70 rifles (minus scopes) to fire at Newman while he is taking pot shots at their employer.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06

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