In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988) starring Ronny Cox, Bruce Greenwood, Michael Gross, Doug Sheehan, David Soul directed by Dick Lowry Movie Review

In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Ronny Cox in In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988)

The Miami Murders

FBI agents Ben Grogan (Ronny Cox - RoboCop) and Gordon McNeill (Doug Sheehan) are part of a team who are investigating a series of violent robberies. They have no idea of who is behind the robberies other than they may be ex-service men which is making their job incredibly difficult. Meanwhile Bill Matrix (Michael Gross) and Mike Platt (David Soul - The Disappearance of Flight 412) are successfully leading a double life, keeping their wives oblivious to the fact that they are behind the robberies. With the FBI going on a hunch they monitor where they think the next robbery will be and it is a hunch which pays off but with deadly consequences.

As is the case with the other movies in the "In the Line of Duty" series "The F.B.I Murders" is based on a true story which to cut things short is known as the "1986 FBI Miami shootout" you can Google that to find more information on the events. The actual true story lead to the change of law when it comes to the weapons being used by the FBI and police.

David Soul in In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988)

But before we get to that "In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders" is in many ways a typical example of this series of made for TV movies. What we get to see is the various robberies which Platt and Matrix pull off whilst also seeing the FBI trying to crack the case and finding it harder than they imagined. Along the way we learn things about Platt and Matrix from having both been in the military and that Matrix's wife from a previous marriage was murdered. But whilst all of this is interesting and at the same time entertaining it is nothing you won't have seen in any of the other "In the Line of Duty" movies.

What "In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders" benefits from is a very good cast starting with Ronny Cox who brings the right amount of gravitas to his role as seasoned agent Ben Grogan. At the same time Bruce Greenwood brings enthusiasm to his role as new agent Jerry Dove hell bent on trying to impress. But both David Soul and Michael Gross are impressive as bad guys Platt and Matrix bringing a real level of nastiness to their characters which to be frank you don't expect from these actors especially Michael Gross.

What this all boils down to is that "In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders" once again brings that mix of entertaining and interest together which makes this series still fascinating despite being a few decades old.