The character of Eddie Ryan is loosely based on real-life NYC cop Eddie Egan, who was the detective who busted "The French Connection." He was fictionalized as Popeye Dole and played by Gene Hackman in the movie based on Robin Moore's book detailing his most famous case. See more »
Badge 373 is an excellent movie that features Duvall at his best. He's better in this outing than he was in Let's Get Harry and Falling Down, which were also, arguably, some of Duvall's best works (that some could say were ruined by bad direction and a bad supporting cast). Not this time, though! The writing and direction are brilliant. The pace is a little bit too slow for an early 70s "cop" flick, but it's still above-average and a good find. Check it out and be amazed.
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