The opening scene is outstanding. Two petty hoodlums - Busey and Martin
rob a liquor store and kill the two cops who drop by just at the same
moment. They put their uniform and get aboard the patrol car, impersonating the cops. And in the same moment, Baretta nails a female pickpocket and asks the police car to bring him and the girl to the headquarters...And that's when the cop abduction case begins. Strother Martin and Gary Busey, the veteran and the rookie in the business, what a surprise for the movie buff as I am. And this story is absolutely crazy. One of the two hoodlums - Busey - is a frantic drug addict who needs his dose at any cost, and this strange gang of the two hoods and the abducted cop will have to purchase the dope for the runaway cop killer. I won't spoil it any further, but it is an episode to remind of. Directed by Jeannot Szwarc, one French director who, like Jacques Tourneur, made most of his career in the USA.
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