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As Michael Mann's crime story has revolutionized the dramas of crime

1963. Lieutenant Mike Torello leads the Major Crimes Unit of the Chicago Police Department. The first file on his desk is that of Ray Luca, a grueling victor in the city's formidable criminal underworld. Luca is a minor figure in organized crime in Chicago, but Torello realizes his plan to be realized: Luca wants to monopolize the illegal gambling industry and intends to locate the headquarters of this network of bets in Las Vegas. Torello and Luca are rivals, but everyone develops a kind of admiration for each other and his method. They are both injured putting work above all else; they wander the usual streets at night. Luca's search for Torello turns from an assignment to an obsession.

1986. Producer Michael Mann rules television waves with Miami vice, a show that, as the legend says, was born from two words scrawled on a napkin: "MTV Cops". Miami vice he has his share of critics: he is too violent, too flashy, too pop, and Miami officials are shocked by the way he describes their city. Still, it's a success, and NBC gave Mann white paper to produce whatever it wants. With History of crime, his next project, would have cashed that check to show that his detractors were wrong. The story that Mann chose to put on the air was that of Torello and Luca, a classic police and criminal dichotomy that would set the stage for decades of television series to come, and to establish the subject that would have defined Mann's career from there.


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