Certainly deserves to be part of the neo-noir "best in show"; Culp's direction recalls some of the more inspired, staccato editing from *Point Blank* (and prefigures some of Penn's likewise abrupt editing choices in *Night Moves*). Also Cosby and Culp are pretty pitch perfect throughout. The final theme song notwithstanding, that epic/tragic shootout on the beach that ends the film is
A great film noir amongst the flurry of seventies noirs ("Chinatown", "Night Moves", "Farewell My Lovely", "Cockfighter", "Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia", "Cutter's Way", "Who'll Stop The Rain?"), "Hickey And Boggs" is a story of existential despair and futility. Robert Culp and Bill Cosby transcend their place in entertainment history with this bleak private eye drama. Not to be missed.