College educated Anita and working class Dorothy are the only female homicide detectives at a tough Chicago police station. Their frustration at a series of unsolvable cases, disappears when they realise the cases could be related.
In a film that spawned a short-lived TV series of the same name, high-flying Detective Robin Givens uses her sex and colour to get a political appointment in a Chicago homicide bureau. There she is partnered with harassed working class Polish cop (Pamela Gidley) on a string of no-hope investigations that turn out to be one big case. In the meantime the pair have to deal with the sexist attitudes of their male colleagues. Givens and Gidley have good, unstereotyped roles and handle the testy dialogue — all insults and underlying camaraderie — pretty well, even taking to the streets in comfortable shoes for a couple of decent action scenes.
It's a touch too neat in the wrap-up, but the script is otherwise tough enough to stand out in the cop rut.