R | | Action, Crime, Drama
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
Gene Hackman - or indeed his agent - did not expect to land the lead role.
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.
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.