R | | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
Ernest Tidyman only added the now-legendary car chase sequence to the screenplay when no studio in town would touch it.
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?
When the train conductor goes to the driver's cab with some of the passengers, Nicoli has already shot a policeman on the train. If the conductor had seen Nicoli go past him, he should then be suspicious of him and take care in approaching him. Alternatively, if the conductor had walked past the shot policeman whilst making his way to the front of the train, and didn't encounter the shooter before reaching the front, it would be clear that he is in the driver's cab and should not be approached. To then approach Nicoli who is holding a gun - especially after being told to keep back - is incredibly reckless.
The 20th-Century Fox logo fades in in black and white and then dissolves to color.
The version released on first Blu-ray release features a radically-different color scheme from all earlier versions - it was recolored with the assistance of 'William Friedkin (I)'. The second Blu-ray release features a color scheme more like all the previous versions.
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