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The Seven-Ups (1973)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  14 December 1973 (USA)
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A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money.

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Buddy - Seven-Up
Victor Arnold ...
Barilli - Seven-Up
Jerry Leon ...
Mingo - Seven-Up
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Vito Lucia
Larry Haines ...
Max Kalish
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Moon
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Bo
Lou Polan ...
Carmine Coltello
Matt Russo ...
Festa
Joe Spinell ...
Toredano
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Lt. Hanes
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Inspector Gilson
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Bobby
Ed Jordan ...
Bruno
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New York City cops wage a war against assorted hoods and criminals after one of their own is brutally killed by a hoodlum. Seven-Ups refers to the minimum jail time each of the crooks will have to spend if they are caught. Written by Patrick Knightly <pjknight@polsci.umass.edu>

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The producer of "Bullitt" and "The French Connection" brings you a high-speed ride with the strong arm of the law. See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama

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A-7: Apospasma eidikis draseos  »

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Trivia

An ancillary branch of the police department, the Seven-Ups were so named because any criminals busted by them were guaranteed to spend at least seven years in the slammer. See more »

Goofs

When the car comes out of the car wash, (the car with the cop in the trunk) the attendant is drying the driver's window which is half way down. Then as he opens the door to get in and force the driver over, the window is all the way up. See more »

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Buddy Manucci: [looking at the river] You believe we used to swim in that shit?
Vito Lucia the Undertaker: Ehhh, nobody cares anymore.
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Best car chase, period.
29 July 2005 | by (St. Petersburg, Florida) – See all my reviews

It is now clear that the true golden age of American film was from the mid-60s until just before the release of Star Wars. Before then, there was too much Hays Code-constricted pap. With Star Wars, the green light was lit for most films to be directed at children and morons, a practice which continues to this day. THE SEVEN-UPS, truth be told, contains a couple hackneyed lines of dialogue -- "We can do this the easy way, or we can do it the hard way" is one -- but I'm damned if I can find anything else wrong with it. (In fact, that line may not even have been stale when this film was made.) THE SEVEN-UPS demonstrates all that was right with the best films of the golden age: sparse dialogue, realistic acting, real locations (winter in a dirty New York has never looked better/worse), propulsive stories, and, yes, the best car chase ever filmed. Bill Hickman is the driver Scheider is chasing (you will recognize him from Bullitt), and the structure of the chase is fairly similar to the McQueen one, but I prefer Scheider's facial intensity here, the pacing, the terrific close-ups of the schoolchildren, and the shattering conclusion. (That VW bug going about 2 mph always bothers me in the Bullitt chase.) A stringy, screechy score by Don Ellis sets the perfect mood. THE SEVEN UPS: bleak, grim, action-oriented, grown-up. This is a film that couldn't be made today; there's no "gimmick" for the kiddies or preposterous ending. Thank you, Philip D'Antoni, Roy Scheider and Tony Lo Bianco: for as long as cop films are watched, THE SEVEN-UPS and its 1970s brethren (e.g., THE FRENCH CONNECTION), will set the standard.


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