Directed by Philip D’Antoni • 1973 • United States
Starring Roy Scheider, Jerry Leon, Tony Lo Bianco
The sole directorial effort by Philip D’Antoni—who had produced the hits BULLITT and THE FRENCH CONNECTION—features, like those films, one of the most thrilling car chases in all of cinema. This gritty and realistic crime drama stars Roy Scheider as NYPD detective Buddy Manucci, the leader of an elite police task force that uses unconventional methods to bust hardcore criminals. It’s a tough job that only gets tougher when a pair of criminals posing as cops begins kidnapping the mobsters the police are after, setting into motion a deadly chain of events.