Obsessed by bringing down the city's top faces of the criminal fraternity, Scheider's cop is oblivious of an unorthodox kidnapping scam involving members of the underworld, that is until it results in the death of one of his own elite '7up' team.
His superiors believing that the '7ups' being potentially responsible for the crimes, remove the team from service, pending an enquiry. Leaving Scheider and his outfit no option but to go outside the law in order to get themselves revenge...
I enjoyed this little Saturday night special. The cast is really great, including everyone from the (always excellent) support cast, like Spinell and Lo Bianco, right through to the top name in Scheider. Not to mention of course Lynch and Hickman playing the bad guys. The story from Grosso (one of the original officers in the actual French Connection case) is different, and keeps you interested, with a sound focus on the seedier side of crime and punishment, with strong dialogue to boot. Excelling itself in both the atmosphere it creates and it's tense action set pieces, the highlight of which being a fantastic edge of the seat car chase.
Ultimately given it's cast, vibe and score, one will inevitably draw conclusions to The French Connection, to which this is undoubtedly a poor man's version of. But I don't say that lightly, in fact I say that with the utmost respect for both films, and anyone who is a fan of 1970s crime thrillers really needs to see this underrated entry.
The dvd print is widescreen and of a good standard.