Sunset Beat (1990– )
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Pilot for the short-lived police drama involving a team of young Los Angeles undercover cops posing as bikers to nail street crime.


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Episode credited cast:
George Clooney ... Chic Chesbro
Michael DeLuise ... Tim Kelly
Markus Flanagan ... Bradley Coolidge
Erik King ... Tucson Smith
James Tolkan ... Ray Parker
Jack McGee ... Bickford
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Blanchard ... Motorcycle cop
Catherine Carlen ... Guest star
Kathryn Daley ... Mayors Assistant
Ami Dolenz
Gary Frank ... Hobbs
Scarlet Fry Scarlet Fry ... Roadie
Anthony Geary
Wendy Hammers Wendy Hammers ... Real Estate Lady (as Wendy Kamenoff)
Clabe Hartley Clabe Hartley


This was the pilot for a series about a group of cops who patrol the streets of Los Angeles on motorcycles. Chesbro in addition to being a cop, is also a rocker, who plays in a band on his own time, and currently has to deal with his ex-wife who is a junkie. Kelly's a medical school drop out who still hasn't told his parents. Coolidge comes from an affluent family, his grandfather was a talent agent to some of biggest names in the movies, like Chaplin. Along with Tuscon and J.C. under the leader ship of Captain Parker, they try to ptove that their (experimental) unit is viable. Currently they are working on a case involving a truck trailer that was full of money, which was found by Chesbro, and the man to whom the money belongs to, who wants it back, and doesn't care what he has to do to get it back. Written by <>

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21 April 1990 (USA) See more »

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Unrealistically smooth thus corny - extremely entertaining!
26 January 2010 | by mrmichaeltroperSee all my reviews

The movie begins as something of a mystery where a large sum of money in a crashed vehicle is found by cool clooney (with long hair and the 'choose life' still-bad-ass-but-fully-recovered now undercover cop).

A large contingency of the bad dudes laundered cash-stash has gone over the cliff side near the beach (bloody mulholland) and to cut a long story short, the movie is about said bad guy putting up a considerable struggle to gain the now-nursed-by-clooney/cops booty (thug-money).

This movie is unique (and also funny) because it hosts an entourage of male actors doing it macho-male in try-hard drama style - *whilst at the same time portraying them as these uber-cool-and-cleaned-up- undercover-cop-bikers.

Having said that, there were solemn and hard-hitting moments centered around the despair and reality of drug addiction (with what the addict is trying to avoid dealing with etc.) There seems to be some focus on rebellious teenagers acting out with dangerous behavior and these cool wise-guy cops are there to the rescue.

You just can't beat a 'jock-messiah-of-hope'.

This movie also has some excellent action, stunt scenes, as well as guitar-playing and humor.

Clooney is the ex-rebel setting emotional boundaries on the table for his 'off-the-rails' old-flame and putting his hand into the pit for her (as a still-junkie ex-girlfriend - how absolutely thrillingly romantic!)

On reflection, I wonder if the whole idea of the producers was that Clooney's tough-rebel image was only supposed to be his disguise as an undercover police officer, but it is not.

He is represented as the real-made authentic ex-rebel now-benevolent biker-dude, and the point to which they went to portray this smoothness is just hilarious and makes for entertaining viewing.

Its a very cool movie you just need to know how to look at it in order for it to be entertaining.

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