For a while there, before The Exorcist and Sorcerer, William Friedkin looked like a first-rate commercial director, and this 1971 thriller about a heroin bust is solid, slick filmmaking, full of dirty cops, shrewd operators, and slam-bang action. Friedkin's close study of Raoul Walsh pays off in the justly celebrated chase sequence. With Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, and Tony LoBianco.
Director: William Friedkin
Producer: G. David Schine and Kenneth Utt
Cast: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frédéric de Pasquale, Bill Hickman, Ann Rebbot, Harold Gary, Arlene Farber, Eddie Egan, Andre Ernotte, Sonny Grosso and Al Fann