D'Antoni had already produced two action films, BULLITT and THE FRENCH CONNECTION, and opted to direct as well for this one. The chase scenes are excellent, but the humanity is left behind in favor of screeching cars and an attempt at gritty realism that never quite convinces. Scheider
runs an unorthodox division of the NYPD which includes Arnold, Leon, and Kerchevald. Lo Bianco is Scheider's chief informant on the streets. The group is after crooks whose crimes will result in them getting more than seven years in jail. Lo Bianco has his own plan and uses Scheider's confidential
list of loan sharks to nab the Shylocks and hold them for ransom. When Kercheval is kil...