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?
As Henri and his associate are waiting for the Lincoln at the garage, the police are literally tearing the car apart before finding the drugs. Shortly after finding the drugs, Henri is told his car is ready. It would have taken days to put the Lincoln back together and it would not be plausible for the police to find an exact duplicate of the car and replace the drugs in such short time.
The 20th-Century Fox logo fades in in black and white and then dissolves to color.
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