R | | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
The first draft of the screenplay was written by Alexander Jacobs, who had penned Point Blank (1967). This was dismissed by William Friedkin and Philip D'Antoni. The second draft was by Robert E. Thompson, who had been Oscar nominated for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969) and again, this didn't meet with the approval of the film's producer and director. Then ... ...
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle:
Merry Christmas. What's your name, little boy?
Little Boy: Eric.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Uh-huh, Eric. What do you want for Christmas Eric? Hmmm?
Doyle and Russo search the bar for drugs, turning up lots of items that they throw onto the bar, yet when they leave (at around 29 mins), the bar is clean.
The 20th-Century Fox logo fades in in black and white and then dissolves to color.
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