Report to the Commissioner

Report to the Commissioner is a 1975 crime drama film based on James Mills' 1972 novel. It involves a rookie cop (Michael Moriarty) in the New York City Police Department who is assigned a special missing person case, which in fact is meant to be a wild-goose chase to back up an undercover female police officer's role as the girlfriend of a drug dealer.

Report to the commissioner
Theatrical release poster by Tom Jung
Directed byMilton Katselas
Produced byM.J. Frankovich
Screenplay byAbby Mann
Ernest Tidyman
Based onReport to the Commissioner
by James Mills
StarringMichael Moriarty
Music byElmer Bernstein
CinematographyMario Tosi
Edited byDavid Blewitt
Frankovich Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • February 5, 1975 (1975-02-05)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film was directed by Milton Katselas and features a musical score by Elmer Bernstein. The script is by two Oscar-winning screenwriters, Abby Mann (Judgment at Nuremberg) and Ernest Tidyman (The French Connection). It marked Richard Gere's film debut.


Detective Beauregard "Bo" Lockley (Michael Moriarty) is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a young Patricia "Pat" Butler (Susan Blakely), not knowing she is also an undercover policewoman. Lockley ultimately shoots her by mistake.


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