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An exciting and enjoyable police thriller with a twist!
on September 17, 1999
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.