The Seven-Ups (1973)
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Great flick. Some great car chases.
Spiritual sequel to The French Connection (cops on the edge in grimy 70s New York), The Seven-Ups actually reminds me more of Bullitt, in that no one remembers anything but the extended car chase. All three movies share a producer, so that's not surprising. Roy Scheider plays the leader of a special police unit that goes a little far in its sting operations, and that could have been a movie. Parallel to this, mobsters are being kidnapped for ransom by guys who may or may not be posing as cops (a car wash has never before been so tense), and THAT could have been a movie. Unfortunately, aside from the well-shot car chase that combines the two (but which mystifies the police), the two plots don't really intersect until the third act, and so we're left with a rather haphazard narrative that lacks a proper engine, especially on the "heroes"' side. Scheider would be the man to watch, normally, but he's too sympathetic to really be "on the edge" and I don't buy that hard man closing scene from him. It's a lot of tedium while you wait for the car chase or recover from it.
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