Roy Scheider plays a member of the NYPD's elite Seven-Ups. Anyone they catch goes away for seven years and up. A gang posing as police is kidnapping gangsters for ransom, and the Seven-Ups have to catch them, or they may take the blame.
Before I get to the car chase, a few points:
- Filmed in winter in NY in 1973, this movie looks beautiful. Bare trees, grey row houses, Italian neighborhoods - none of it is pretty but all beautiful. Or am I just nostalgic?
- To me, this movie looks very French. Maybe because we just saw Le Professionel, and Schneider's nose reminds me of Belmondo. But it was filmed in a slightly paranoid, surveillance, verite style that struck me as continental.
- The score, by Don Ellis, is mostly stabbing atonal strings. He may have listened to the Psycho soundtrack a little too much.
A great car chase, just not quite as good as Bullit. I'd have to watch French Connection again to compare it against that one.
But a great movie, tense, involving, and full of New York color (mostly grey, but still). Thanks, Schprockie!