Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Apr 2016)
Brief Synopsis – A special police task force trying to fight the mob has their job made more difficult when vigilante policemen begin kidnapping and ransoming top mob officials.
My Take on it – Before he was cast as the lead in Jaws (1975), Roy Scheider wasn’t usually considered a lead actor.
This movie proved that he could hold together a movie as a lead and he does an excellent job at it.
The plot if this movie is quite interesting to follow but I was a bit disappointed by a number of key facts not being further investigated by the team despite it seeming quite important to the flow of the story.
Thus film has an amazing car chase scene through the streets of New York which is quite exhilarating to watch.
I think a clear case can be made that the chase here is better than the ones in both Bullitt (1968) and The French Connection (1971).
Bottom Line – Scheider is great here and proved he could lead any film. The plot is really interesting but certain seemingly important aspects of the case are unfortunately not investigated further than they were. Amazing car chase scene is truly able to top the ones in Bullitt (1968) and The French Connection (1971) because it’s filmed exceptionally well and is very exhilarating to watch. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Dennis Farina on Dinner for Five, this film was the most realistic in it’s depiction of cops. Farina was a cop in Chicago. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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