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The Seven-Ups (1973)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Buddy - Seven-Up
Victor Arnold ...
Barilli - Seven-Up
Jerry Leon ...
Mingo - Seven-Up
Ansel - Seven-Up
Vito Lucia
Larry Haines ...
Max Kalish
Lou Polan ...
Carmine Coltello
Matt Russo ...
Joe Spinell ...
Robert Burr ...
Lt. Hanes
Inspector Gilson
Ed Jordan ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Mess with the Seven-Ups, and they WILL mess you worse. See more »


Action | Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

14 December 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A-7: Apospasma eidikis draseos  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On one of the ice coolers in the final foot chase scenes Buddy (Roy Scheider) passes some graffiti that has a crown and says, "Sonny". Sonny Grasso was technical advisor on this film. See more »


In the car chase sequence, when Buddy Manucci is driving through the street packed with children playing, an interior shot of his car shows a small portion of stunt driver Bill Hickman's face (his glasses are clearly seen in particular). Hickman did much of the driving for the interior shots of this car, besides his acting role as one of the two 'bad guys' and stunt driving in the car being pursued by Manucci. See more »


Buddy Manucci: [gazing out the window at the racketeers the funeral parlor] A funeral really brings them out.
Barilli - Seven-Up: Respect for the dead is considered very important. You know that.
Buddy Manucci: [bitterly] Should show as much for the living.
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They don't make 'em like they used too...
26 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every studio that has made a police movie over the last twenty years should be forced to watch this film and learn a thing or two.

The story is this: A group of renegade cops known as "The Seven-Ups" seek revenge against the hoods that murdered one of their own. Original idea? Maybe not, but considering the film is loosely based on actual events and was made in 1973 it was way before its time. Sure there were the "Death Wishes" and "The French Connections," back in the day, but I would be hard pressed to find a more gritty and intelligent film to match wits with this one from an era long forgotten.

The always fantastic Roy Scheider (who regardless of his current status as an actor, i.e. being forced to play pathetic roles for a paycheck due to his age, etc by industry standards) plays the main character flawlessly, supported by a cast of hard hitting fellow cops are on the trail of a gang of hoods who are impersonating police officers and shaking down mobsters, only to rough them up (and in some cases kill them)for the money they are carrying.

When one of Schieder's crew gets killed in a botched robbery, and Schieder and his boys become suspects by their own department, they take matters into their own hands, and try to clear their names and find those responsible by any means necesary. That takes place in the first half hour, and everything minute to follow is one exciting moment after the next, including THE BEST CAR CHASE EVER! Period.

I could go on forever as to what a well-crafted film this is, but for those who have been sleeping under rocks for the past two decades (or some who are simply too young to have seen it the first go round) my words cannot do justice, but you can bet "The Seven-Ups" can...

Simply put, don't wait another minute to see this bad-ass, because they don't make 'em like they used too...

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