R | | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
William Friedkin has said the chase scene wasn't fully scripted, but largely conceived while they were doing location scouting. It was almost completely improvised and shot entirely out of sequence, over a period of five weeks. It did not involve solid day-to-day shooting, and all of the shooting was confined between the hours of 10am- 3pm. One reason was that they were given permission to use only one particular Brooklyn line, the Stillwell Avenue, running from Coney Island into Manhattan (the West End line). The entire chase was shot with an Arriflex camera, as was most of the picture. One brief shot, where Doyle's car slams into the fence, was filmed in Ridgewood under the Myrtle Ave., or M, line.
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 Howard the chemist is done testing the purity of the heroin, he blows out the flame of the oil candle under the thermometer. A few shots later, when the distribution is being discussed, the candle is seen lit and unlit between shots.
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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