The Sundance Now Exclusive Series Unpacks the Startling Story of Two NYPD Detectives Convicted of a Shocking Murder
NEW YORK – April 20, 2021 – Premiering exclusively in North America and available as a full season binge on Sundance Now and AMC+ on Tuesday, May 25, the four-part series Between Black and Blue uncovers an unbelievable story involving crooked cops, a mafia Godfather, an alleged public poisoning, Elvis Presley, and a cocaine-addicted newspaper editor who printed it all.
Seven years in the making, the series unveils the extraordinary story of two New York City detectives who were convicted of the sensational 1975 murder of a Denver businessman, their decades-long fight to clear their names, and the hunt for one of the confessed gunmen who may hold all the answers – a man placed into witness protection by law enforcement over 40 years ago.
Mike Borrelli, an Italian-American NYPD detective and his former partner Bob Davis, one of the first African-American detectives in New York, are accused of having east coast mafia ties resulting in their arrest for the murder of Hal Levine, Mike Borrelli’s business partner. Mike and Bob maintain their innocence. When no physical evidence is found connecting Borrelli or Davis to the murder, complete immunity is given to one of the confessed murderers, a known criminal who had previously been diagnosed as a pathological liar, in exchange for his testimony.
Four years into Mike Borelli’s life sentence he receives a new trial and is found innocent. Astonishingly, the courts refuse to give Bob Davis a new trial even though Mike Borrelli, the man accused of hiring him to do “the hit,” has been exonerated. Bob can’t help but feel the color of his skin is standing in the way of the justice he so rightly deserves.
In a surprising turn of events, Mike Borrelli returns to the force, becoming the only person ever convicted of murder to become a police officer again. Mike Borrelli commits the rest of his life to proving Bob’s innocence.
Written and directed by Sheldon Wilson (Shallow Ground), Between Black and Blue is produced by Ten Thirteen Productions, LLC. Wilson along with Steve London (Stockholm), Joe Jenckes (Kill Your Darlings) and David Dickson (The Rambler) serve as producers. The series is executive produced by Michael Benaroya (The Informer), Paul Rapovski (Lost Girl) and Jonathan Soon-Shiong. Marie-Lou Gingras (Shark Killer) serves as co-producer and John Tarver (Ten Minute Call) serves as associate producer.
EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS – ALL EPISODES AVAILABLE AS BINGE PREMIERE ON TUESDAY, MAY 25
Part One – “The Hit”
The “gangland” style shooting of a Denver businessman and his wife leads to the arrest of two New York City detectives who are said to have mafia ties.
Part Two – “Who to Trust”
A key witness proves problematic in more ways than one, while Shirley Levine’s description of her shooting is at odds with the prosecution’s version of events.
Part Three – “The Tale of Two Verdicts”
As the trials of former New York City detectives Bob Davis and Mike Borrelli come to a close, no one could have expected the very different fates awaiting them.
Part Four – “True Blue”
The hunt continues for admitted gunman Terry “Blue” D’Prero, as Bob Davis and Mike Borrelli’s lives take a dramatic turn.
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