- Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Import
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
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- Studio: MGM Mod
- Release Date: May 17 2011
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- ASIN: B004X63RXO
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September 17, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
To tell you the truth, the only reason I wanted to see this film was because it had one of the best chase scenes in 70's cinema. After I watched it, it had more than just a thrilling chase scene but a pulse-pounding score and an unbelievable plot. It also has a great beginning! Yaphet Kotto has the most unforgettable performance as "Crunch" Blackstone, a tough and hard-boiled cop who would rather be beating up his felons than to just plain talk to them. Michael Moriarty stars as Bo Lockley, a man with a truly bad 70's hair-do and a squeeky voice, who accidentally kills a female cop while aiming for a big drug dealer (Tony King as "The Stick"). The female cop is Susan Blakely, beautiful as always. She was playing undercover with the department to crack the drug syndicate as playing his live-in-lover. While Bo fires at "The Stick", the bullet enters the heart of Susan Blakely and the two of them end up running after each other over the marquees and car-rooves of Time Square and they both end up in a stuck elevator in the Saks Fifth Avenue department store with the two of them pointing their guns at each other just waiting to pull the trigger, but they can't. If one of them pulls the trigger, the other can be killed, too! This is the most riveting scene I've ever seen in a movie finale topping the chase scene in "The French Connection" or "Bullitt" with Tony King delivering a "speech" about bad guys and good guys ("... there ain't no bad guys and there ain't no good guys, just two people who disagree..") Now the dpartment is making a whole cover-up to the murder of this female cop. So, if you have nothing else to do on a Friday night, get cozy and watch this groundbreaking film. A true highlite of the film is Elmer Bernstein's excellent musical score as it accents the exciting atmosphere and Milton Katselas' superb direction. And don't forget Hector Elizondo's performance as a harried Captain struggling with not giving the police a bad name. Look for a young Richard Gere in his movie debut as a pimp in Times Square. See this movie.
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April 14, 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
3 people found this helpful.
This film has rarely been shown on tv here in the UK. Until last night when I played this superb DVD, I hadn't seen the film since 1983 when BBC showed it under it's UK title, "Operation Undercover". I only remembered bits of it as I was only 18 when I last saw it but often searched for it by it's UK title, not knowing that all this time it had been on both VHS & since 2011 DVD in the U.S! I'm so glad I've now got the DVD & what a unique film, in a class of it's own! The sort of film that's so good that I'll have to have a second unit in stock so that if ever it gets deleted then I have a spare DVD in case of damage, like I've done with several films. A good debut for Richard Gere too. Buy!
A great and obscure film brought back to life!
January 23, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
Brilliant James Mills novel brought to the big screen by Abby Mann and stylishly handled by the highly touted Milton Katselas. You will be captivated by the way Michael Moriarty played his scenes. Look for an up-and-coming Richard Gere in an earlier role. Numerous other familiar and famous faces from the 70s. Great film score by Elmer Bernstein. Transfer is very clean and a really nice watch.
Excellent job of re-mastering
November 4, 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent job of re-mastering. Corrupt cops in the 1970s. Michael Moriarty is a hugely underrated actor. I love Yaphet Koto.
top end disc,5 star film
July 25, 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
one of the better 1970`s cop thrillers,now on a top end disc at last,I have seen this release and can advise other reviewers it`s just great,had this on betamax for a while and even a later big box exrental vhs,but this is now the best copy to watch, a worthwhile viewing anytime,even funny in parts,good story,and some good new york locations,mgm archive series has sorted out disc problems so go buy.
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August 16, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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