Philip D’Antoni was no stranger to tough, gritty cop thrillers when he directed 1973’s THE SEVEN-UPS. Production credits including BULLITT (1968) and THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) helped him land the directing slot in this unofficial sequel to FRENCH CONNECTION. The guy knew his way around a car chase, with the pursuit in SEVEN-UPS rivaling the classics from his earlier productions. Relying for the third time on legendary stunt driver Bill Hickman to help engineer the amazing car stunts, D’Antoni creates a sequence so well staged in its fury that it arguably stands as the greatest chase of all time. See for yourself:
Car chases aside, the film is a solid thriller with a standout performance from Roy Scheider. Grimy, cold New York City location shooting add to the grit. A must see for action fans.
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