Attack (1956) Badass Chiseled Cheeked Curly Costa

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Jack Palance is one of those actors that I know so well. His voice is so recognisable and that unique face of his seems to have played nothing but bad guys. He is probably best known to a certain generation for playing old badass rancher Curly Washburn  alongside Billy Crystal in the 1991 comedy adventure classic City Slickers.  But he’s popped up in a string of 80’s films which included Batman, Hawk The Slayer and Tango & Cash, to name a few, usually doing his panto villain role.

Now I know he had a massive career in cinema right from the 40’s playing all manner of cowboy, crime boss, soldier and even a saucy “R” rated film called Black Snake Woman but I’m honest to say I haven’t seen many.

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So what a pleasure it was to stumble upon director Robert Aldrich’s 1956 World War Two drama Attack. What a film it was and Jack got to play a hero, Lieutenant Joe Costa. A wiry battleworn, lean and tough, no nonsense hands on fighting machine with a strong code of honour. Unfortunately for our Joe Costa he is under the command of the inept Captain Erskine Cooney (Eddie Albert) a coward with no honour or morals. Which sadly our Joe finds out when the Captain fails to support his troop as they try a daring assault on a German pill box. Resulting in the unnecessary loss of good soldiers in his platoon.

Tagline –“Not every gun is pointed at the enemy!”

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After letting the Captain know his disgust for him, Joe is shut down by the Captains friend and superior Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett (Lee Marvin). Luckily he has an ally in his buddy Lt. Harold Woodruff (William Smithers) but sadly his hands are tied.

With what looks like the start of the Battle Of The Bulge Lieutenant Joe Costa is sent off with his company to lead a reconnaissance mission to see if the Germans are holed up in a small town. Not wishing to lose his good men again with the thought of no support from the Captain and the rest of the company, Joe Costa demands a promise that he will be backed up. Getting to use the fantastic line of……

Lt. Joe Costa – “I swear, I swear by all that’s holy, I’ll come back. I’ll come back and take this grenade and shove it down your throat and pull the pin!”

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Surely it wouldn’t happen again? Can our hero keep his troops safe through this attack? Can the incompetent superior officers be brought to justice? Will Joe Costa really have to blow the Captain’s head clean off with a grenade? You gotta tune in to find out.

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Jack Palance is just absolutely perfect in everyway as the efficient, charismatic, chiseled hero with that wonderful commanding voice. It’s an excellent film and I’m now gonna be searching the archives for more of his performances. Next up is the amazing titled Ten Seconds to Hell which incidentally is also directed by Robert Aldrich.

Can you recommend me some of his films? I see he’s done some film noir style dramas too. Let me know please.

Thanks for reading. Keep it cool, keep watching films. Mikey The Wolfman

Coffy (1973) – Pam Grier Jiggles Whilst Roy Ayers Plays

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Massive fan of Pam Grier for obvious reasons, she is a tough iconic action star with a strong screen presence and of course that fist biting incredible body that brings an old wolfman like me out in a hot sweat. Had to sit with an ice pack down my trunks to make it through the viewing!

Tagline – She had a body men would die for – and a lot of them did!

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Our heroine, the sweet nurse Coffy (Pam Grier) has come to the end of her tether seeing too much pain and suffering coming through the door of the hospital but what sends her over the edge is when her young sister gets hooked on drugs and ends up in a rehabilitation home. Vigilante justice has to be served out to these evil dealers and pushers. Can this one woman army clean up the streets from these fiends.

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Sugarman – Look over there. I got plenty of tail. I got more tail than I can handle. I even got white tail!

Now our Coffy is one helluva sexy lady and she uses her mind melting beautiful body super powers to tempt these bad men like a hot seductive praying mantis. Now her body is more dangerous than her killer ways. Any opportunity those sweet as sugar puppies can fly out of their boulder holders, those bad boys are out, like as if Ving Rhames and his twin brother keep popping up in cameo roles.

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Tagline – She’s the GODMOTHER of them all…. The baddest One-Chick Hit-Squad that ever hit town!

Can our enchanting Coffy take on all these pimps, pushers, drug addicts, gang bosses, hitmen, corrupt cops, dirty backstabbers and prostitutes all on her own? If anyone can our sweet badass Coffy can.

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Somethings to look out for – Coffy’s amazing changing outfits, like the random tartan trousers. Her clothes are only rivaled by King George’s (Robert DoQui) outrages cool get ups.  Also another high point is the cat fight between a sexy bunch of King George’s harem of ladies.

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Out of many blaxploitation films I seen over the years, this was one that had eluded me. I’d been eager to see it for years and not just because of Pam but as I have the soundtrack of the film by jazz legends Roy Ayers and Harry Whitaker. After years of listening to the LP it was a nice touch to hear and see those tunes filtered in throughout the movie. The opening scene travelling in the car through the streets to “Coffy Is The Colour” was a real sublime moment.

Directed by Jack Hill who made Foxy Brown a year later with Miss Grier starring again. I’ve seen that one many years ago but man I gotta get on the rewatch as I need more Pammy fun in my life. HOOOOOOWWWWLL

Coffy (1973) IMDB

Coffy (1973) Soundtrack By Roy Ayers on Discogs

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Vigilante (1983) – Headhunter Smashers

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In good old depressing 80’s action revenge style you know what to expect from this here movie. Like Death Wish, you know what’s coming but unlike Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) having to go it alone on his one man bad guy mashing mission our Vigilante hero Eddie Marion (Robert Forster) gets a little help from the neighbourhood fixers.

Tagline – If the law won’t get them… we will!

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Cigar chomping Nick (Fred Williamson) and two of his work buddies Burke (Richard Bright) and Ramon (Joseph Carberry) like nothing more than rolling out their 1979 Ford Econoline and grabbing a few perpetrators off the streets and dish the law out to them via baseball bat and fists. Leaving an inept police force behind, this gang of street cleaners enlist the help of the neighbours to report any lawlessness.

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Nick – “because you know the punks and scum are out there on the streets when the sun goes down, and our own government can’t protect its own people, then I say this, you got a moral obligation, the right of self-preservation. Now, you can run, you can hide, or you can start to live like human beings again. This is our Waterloo, baby! You want your city back? You gotta take it. Dig it? Take it!”

The main vicious gang on the block of this slum area of New York is the murderous Headhunters, lead by Frederico “Rico” Melendez (Willie Colon) and his second in command, the depraved Prago (Don Blakely).

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Can the friends clean up the streets and can Eddie somehow get some closure to his nightmare and seek the revenge he needs?

Tagline – If the law won’t get them… we will!

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All in all this is a well made movie and has all the right elements for a real classic but doesn’t quite pull it off, it’s ace though. Massive plus points go to the cameo of Woody Strode as the old prisoner Rake who keeps a helping fist or two out for Eddie during a classic prison fixture, the “don’t” drop the soap moment.

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The car chase through the city slums and streets might not be no French Connection but it’s frilling and amazing looking at New York in the early 80’s. A tasty selection of cars are used too, which include a Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu and a Datsun 280z 2+2.

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The soundtrack score composed by Jay Chattaway goes from the mega cheesy melancholy to Nuyorican salsa to pure analogue synthesizer bass madness, especially awesome is when it hits at the beginning of when Nick drops down in a kung-fu move and starts to chase a gang member through a derelict outdoor swimming pool.

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Fun Fact – Bad Rico is played by Willie Colon a famous is a famous salsa latin jazz trombonist who played with the Fania All-Stars and still plays on many big named performing acts. His music features a few times through-out the background of the film. Pretty much whenever Rico turns up a Willie Colon tune gets played.

You gotta check out this excellent bad ass trailer….. Keep it cool and watch movies.. Mikey Wolfman.

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The Onion Field (1979) – Jive Talkin Criminals

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I try to read as little as possible before embarking on a new film journey. All I knew about The Onion Field was it starred the brilliant James Woods as a messed up ex-con. What I wasn’t expecting was a James Woods jive talking, silver toothed, wannabe big time gangster, lunatic. He plays Gregory Ulas Powell a disturbed fast talking criminal who terrifies his new recruit to join him, a gullible recently released convict called Jimmy Lee ‘Youngblood’ Smith played by Franklyn Seales.

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What I didn’t expect was a true life crime drama retelling the real events from a case which started way back in 1963. From the crime to the court cases, this film takes in the accounts of the whole unfortunate events from that one fateful day. Recounting the steps from a true crime novel written in 1973 by Joseph Wambaugh.

Tagline – What Happened In The Onion Field Is True. But The Real Crime Is What Happened After..

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I won’t go into the specifics of the case as I try to give as little film spoiler points on my posts as possible.  I will say it’s pretty tough going but you do get rewarded with some little cameos and superb performances.

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Ted Danson plays Detective Ian Campbell and the opening scenes have him playing the bagpipes in an old jail cell. “Just bouncing a few notes off the walls” he declares to his partner Detective Karl Hettinger played by John Savage who really just wants to be on a small farm growing tomatoes.

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Vilos Cohaagen turns up from Total Recall aka Ronny Cox playing Sergeant Pierce R. Brooks. You get a saucy minx called Lollipop, Greg’s little girl, played by Beege Barkette. Also look out for Q from Star Trek Next Generation aka John De Lancie and old Doc Brown himself Christopher Lloyd. Oh and Blade Runner’s William Sanderson pops in as a young con.

Tagline – A True American Tragedy Captured on Film!

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All in all it’s a very harrowing account of a nasty crime and the messed up law and order politics of the time and you would hope lessons were learnt? I very much doubt it though.

Fun Fact – Brazilian samba jazz funk superstar Eumir Deodato composes the soundtrack but keeps the funky grooves to a minimum. His version of the 2001 Also Sprach Zarathustra is still totally badass.

Further reading about the case.

The Onion Field (1979) IMDB

Los Angeles Daily News 50 Years Later

Onion Field Case Encyclopedia

The Onion Field Joseph Wambaugh Goodreads

The Onion Field (1979) WIKI

White Line Fever (1975) – Mother Truckers

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An amazing poster but I’m not so bought on the likeness of Jan-Michael!

Way before Stringfellow Hawke was blowing the shit out of stuff as a renegade pilot in his battle helicopter Airwolf and not long after trying his hand at being a mechanic called Steve Mckenna working for a certain Mr Charles Bronson. Jan-Michael Vincent alterego went under the guise of Carrol Jo Hummer, a no nonsense son of a trucker, a long haul driver with a rig called Blue Mule.

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Tagline – Carrol Jo Hummer–A working man who’s had enough!

Now the problem is our hero CJ Hummer and his wife Jerri Kane (Kay Lenz) have taken out a pretty hefty loan to purchase the truck but all will be cool if he can get the jobs to pay for it. What they were not expecting was corruption and trafficking within the haulage industry.

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So now enters Duane (the marvelous Slim Pickens aka the loveliest BiO-sanitation Battalion you could imagine) and the bad boy with the swagger, Buck (L Q Jones) to throw a spanner in the works of our CJ’s dreams. But hey man this mother trucker ain’t taking no sheet from anyone and takes a few beatings and gives a few beatings. He is not going down lightly and with help from some old friends, Pops (Sam Laws) and Birdie (Dick Miller) and a few other workers. They all come together to fight the corrupt bosses.

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Directed by Jonathan Kaplan who made the other “truck” related action thriller starring Isaac Hayes and Yaphet Kotto, the mighty Truck Turner (1974).

Now the film is pretty great fun until the end when it starts to take a dark turn, what was a light hearted romp with guys smashing each other up and some good old fashioned brinkmanship. It could of kept it a little more comedic, boisterous and fun like it started but it decided to go all serious. Still a great truckers action movie to drink beer too whilst miming blowing your trucker horn.

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Film Fact – The title comes from when you’ve been driving the black top for way too long, just staring concentrating on the lines on the road, tired beyond all recognition and everything becomes one and ridiculously dangerous when you drift in and out of consciousness. You got a case of “White Line Fever” or “Highway Hypnosis”

Further Reading Links

White Line Fever (1975) IMDB

White Line Fever (1975) Mike’s Take On The Movies

White Line Fever (1975) WIKI

Villain (1971)

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First up I have to say I was rather disappointed waiting for Ian McShane to metamorphosis into a werewolf! What a charlatan, calling himself Wolf. I was duped. Anyhoo on to the film.

Big love for the old British gangster movie with the likes of Michael Caine leading the way with the sublime Get Carter and Bob Hoskins The Long Good Friday not far away. Then there’s Mona Lisa where both the actors are together shouting out fantastic performances alongside the sexy Cathy Tyson. I’m not much of a fan of the new gangster film but anything from the 70’s & 80’s I’m pretty much all over it.

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One of Vic’s rage outs. Run for it.

Villain from 1971 and directed by Michael Tuchner was one that had totally passed me by though. Starring Richard Burton who tries to hide that superb Welsh War Of The World’s voice behind a rather dodgy cockney accent. Mr Burton plays Vic Dakin a hard gangster running his own firm but still living at home with his beloved Mother. A closeted homosexual who is obsessed with Wolf and lashes out on him with macho violence for his kicks. Anyone stupidly wrong doing him gets a swift bout of cockney fisted rage. Apparently his character was based on real-life gangster Ronnie Kray.

Tagline – Meet Vic Dakin. Then wish you hadn’t!

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Ian McShane plays Wolfe Lissner, a wide boy hustler, wheeler and dealer. Setting up deals, sorting out problems for his boss, bit of pimping here and there and ducking and a diving the po-po as they tail him and harass him whenever they can.

The other players in this gangster flick are Nigel Davenport and Colin Welland playing Bob Matthews and Tom Binney, two cops trying to outsmart Vic’s plan. Other gangsters on Vic’s payroll are Duncan, a kind of PR man who also helps out with Vic’s Mum, and Terry the muscle and driver who likes to eye up the “birds”. Plus there’s a burping ulcer man secondhand car dealer gangster from another firm called Edgar Lowis played by Joss “diplomatic immunity” Ackland.

Bob Matthews: I don’t know what you’re hoping to achieve, except perhaps an orgasm.

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Who’s a naughty boy then.

Tagline – By the time he’s ready to kill you, it’s an act of mercy.

Vic Dakin is after money, a big job with a big hit of cash. The plan is sorted, three cars to box in the “money” car. Easy job, everything is planned to the T, easy lemon squeezy. Nothing could possibly go wrong? What does go well is an awesome car chase and fight in all the chaos. One of the best bits of the film.

Talking of lemon squeezy, what a great way to use a JIF squeezy lemon bottle, biodegradable, nontoxic and easy to purchase, just don’t get it in your eyes! New edition to my night time wolfman vigilante toolkit maybe?

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Yippie it’s panyhoes on head time!

By the way WTF was that/is that anti-robbery suitcase money bag. With the tripod legs that fire out? I’ve never seen anything like it before and can’t find any information at all on it. Let me know if you’ve seen that before as I’m very intrigued to how that works or if it’s real. Definitely makes things difficult.

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Crazy anti-theft device.

Filled with great British swear words, awesome vintage cars like Wolfe’s Mark 1 Ford Capri, grasses and snitches, car chases, cups of tea and sandwiches and a few boobies thrown in. This is a relatively little known gangster film which is well worth tracking down if you ever get a chance.

Fun Fact – Composer Jonathan Hodge does the film score for Villain and it’s really darn funky. With all the right paces getting hit through chase scenes and fights. There’s a great jazz tune as well but unfortunately it seems that it has never seen the light of day. Any info please feel free to hit me up.

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Love this image. Like a film noir poster

Vic Dakin: “Bleedin pigeons!”

Further Reading Links

Soundtrack Collector Villain 1971 OST 

Villain 1971 IMDB

BFI Screen online

Extreme Prejudice (1987)

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First thing first, I thought they were on to me on the opening intro scene when the typing of the top secret mission started. Under the code word Zombie Unit the words started to unfold and there before my eyes “werewolf” was I under surveillance? Had they taken an Extreme Prejudice action out on me? I sat there throughout the performance ready to pounce into action but then it dawned on me the film is from 1987 and I shook my head and laughed “oh you silly wolfman!”

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Massive fan of director Walter Hill’s 1979 classic street gang road trip The Warriors from a teenager. I admit to have completely missing this film from the VHS racks of my local video stores at the time. Seriously how could this of slipped me by? This action film has a crazy assemble of 80’s stars all thrown in a blender with a big dash of tabasco sauce and dumped on the Texas, Mexico border. Check these names – Nick Nolte, Michael Ironside, Powers Boothe, Rip Torn, Clancy “Krusty Krab” Brown, William Forsythe, John Dennis Johnston and muscle bound Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister and even Larry B. Scott from Space Camp! I kid you not.

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You get a gang of badass deceased elite army guys, who are like a naughty version of The A-Team. A band of brothers who are in town looking real dodgy and up to something? Standing tall and in everyone’s way is a righteous Texas Ranger.

Taglines – An army of forgotten heroes, all officially dead. They live for combat. Now they’ve met the wrong man.

Jack Benteen, played by Nolte, is our hero Jack who used to be best buddies with drug lord kingpin Cash Bailey (Powers) a tough nonsenses renegade who has crossed the border and set up his army and empire in Mexico. Stuck in between these two old friends is a luscious latina feisty femme fatale Sarita Cisneros, played by the sexy Maria Conchita Alonso (who took on the psychotic alien in Predator 2 and kept dashing about with Arnie on The Running Man)

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Now chuck in a boom bunny, a fist fight with a scorpion, an old fashioned duel, shoot outs, explosions, back stabbing, tough face offs, a love triangle and a ton load of banter and one liners. You got yourself one amazing 80’s action film but hey it’s written by John Milius so really you wouldn’t expect anything else but exciting explosive entertainment.

Sgt. Buck Atwater – Dip me in shit and roll me in sugar, man!

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Fun Fact – The title comes from a line of dialog written in the script. The line “terminate with extreme prejudice” first appears on film in Apocalypse Now (1979)  and sounds like it was used in real operations during the Vietnam war. Both films were written by John Milius.

Check it out if you get a chance.
Adiós por ahora desde el wolfman

Check this amazing trailer for Extreme Prejudice introducing the gang. It’s so brilliant.

Further Reading Links

Extreme Prejudice 1987 IMDB

Roger Ebert Review 

To Live And Die In LA (1985)

 

to-live-and-die-in-la-posterI blooming loved this 80’s film from director William Friedkin. It’s a mighty strange film though, it has equal measures of cheese, art house cinema and tough no nonsense cop action. To be honest I nearly didn’t make it past the first scene, on the roof with the terrorist, man I nearly exploded my funny bone! it was so freaking ridiculous. Then there’s the whole guarding the President seemed totally out of context to the rest of the film when for the rest of the film they are smashing the streets looking more like LA cops. But I’m so glad I stayed with it as the mishmash of kooky styles made this film so very unique.

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Let the good times roll

The plot is pretty basic and goes along the lines of tough Secret Service agent Richie Chance, played by William Petersen, is after a counterfeiter who killed his idol and partner. Then gets a new partner to break in called John Vukovich, played by John Pankow. What follows I can really only describe as insanity, which should make this film a colossal mess but William Friedkin pulls out all the stops and makes a classic movie which I can’t believe I hadn’t seen until last week.

Tagline – A federal agent is dead. A killer is loose. And the City of Angels is about to explode….

.The rest is really just notes and observations. Eric Masters (Willem Dafoe) is an artist and an expert counterfeiter who loves nothing more than getting naked and rolling around with his quirky squeeze Bianca Torres (Debra Feuer) and filming their love making. He also has a beefed up hitman on the payroll who loves his job way too much.

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Hey! You wanna see me naked?

It’s around the Eric Masters scenes where the art house surreal stuff comes flooding in, little weird edits that try and trip you up, like he is living in his own abstract painting.

The ever excellent John Turturro pops up as a dodgy geezer Carl Cody and gets some great scenes running about and doing what he does best, being classic John Turturro.

A bit of base jumping is thrown in and a church stakeout which kind of shows are two heros are quite inapt! There is an outrageous gym montage which has a roided up big buxom lady just working out whilst they chat business.

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Shhh! Don’t worry the steroids make them deaf…

Then to change things up you get a ten minute car chase which is super awesome and might not be as good as Friedkin’s classic The French Connection car chase but it’s pretty dope.

Add all the editing, imagery and wonderful attention to detail, where you get every title sequence showing the date in a different style and font every time they appear.

Oh and to top things off you then get punched in the face with a hundred hand slaps by the cheesy soundtrack from 80’s electro pop group Wang Chung. It’s pretty bad but sums up the era. You can always rely on a cheesy 80’s soundtrack to truly date a movie.

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I quite like the soundtrack! You shitting me?……

Right I’m all the over the place on this one. I loved it, definitely not for everyone but well worth hunting done for a look. Hope you enjoyed this one, let me know if you did. Take it easy….. Wolfie

Ok heres that car chase. It’s nice and epic.

Further Reading Links

To Live And Die In LA IMDB

Roger Ebert’s Review

To Live And Die In LA WIKI

The Seven-Ups (1973)

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When he’s not being lazy and chilling on vacation whilst fishing off the coast of Amity IslandRoy Scheider heads up The Seven Ups. Not a support group for addicts of a certain fizzy drink but a crackpot crime fighting division. A band of brothers, four partners who roll around dishing out tough tactics outside the normal police force rules. Getting their name “7 ups” because they only deal with cases that result in prison sentences being seven years or more.

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“Seven-ups” Band Of Brothers

Tagline – The story of the police elite, – “The Seven-Ups”- the dirty-tricks squad that even the regular cops are afraid of!

Rod looks and feels very much in role not far removed from his stretch on the streets he spent with fellow no nonsense bad ass cop Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle on The French Connection.

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Buddy Russo and Jimmy Doyle, The French Connection 1971

There’s a few things I really loved about this picture and that was the amazing scenes of old New York, just walking down the road chatting to people on street corners, shaking hands with locals and that real presence of being there in the 70’s. Surrounded by imposing high rise blocks and gritty landscapes to roads filled with Pontiacs and Cadillacs, Buicks and Chevrolets.

But the best scene in this film by far is the car chase, it’s truly phenomenal. Has to go in the top five car chases of all time. It’s a massive sequence with nothing but revving engines, bouncing suspension and screeching tyres and no music, all whilst bombing through the busy streets of Manhattan. There’s big connections with production teams from the mother of car chases, Bullitt, so you can’t help but compare them but really just sit back and enjoy it. When Roy Scheider gets out the car he really looks like he’s driven like a lunatic across the whole of New York. It’s a deep joy to watch.

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Check the car chase, it’s amped to the max.

Tagline – When they’re after you, you’re gonna hope for a nice stretch in prison. Seven years…and up!

Chuck in some kidnapping, mob bosses, counterfeit money and the resident weird looking bad guy, the classic Richard Lynch. It’s a pretty good crime and cop movie but really the car chase is what we are all here for.

Directed by one time film maker Philip D’Antoni but this guy also produced the two, mentioned above, classics Bullitt and The French Connection movies.

Here’s the cast of the Seven-up crew. All only going with their first names. Roy Scheider is Buddy, Victor Arnold is Barilli, Ken Kercheval is Ansel and Jerry Leon is Mingo.

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Wide eyed looney “Moon” played by Richard Lynch

Fun fact – Well it’s not fun at all but Richard Lynch’s mashed up face which made him that famous scary baddie oddball he so frequently played was from when he set himself on fire after taking a LSD trip in 1967!

What’s your thoughts on that chase? What’s the best car chase? Blues Brother maybe? That definitely hits the most fun for sure. Keep it hairy, Wolfman

Here’s the car chase on Youtube.

Further Reading Links

Bill Hickman (Stunt Driver) Wiki

Bill Hickman Story (Stunt Driver) 

The Seven-Ups IMDB

The Seven-Ups Trailer Youtube

Prince of the City (1981)

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Started this site to share loads of my favourite films I’ve watched over the years but it’s already taken me off down a path full of new film discoveries. Looking up one film leads me down a rabbit warren filled with cute bunnies, don’t worry I didn’t eat them. Had my eye on Serpico to be a new post but looking down the director, the incredible Sidney Lumet, list of works I took note of Prince Of The City. Starring the wonderful named Treat Williams. Now Treat I know just too well as he stars in a big wolfy favourite, the massively cheesy 90’s B-Movie Deep Rising, damn that movie is fun.

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Band of brothers!

Now in Prince Of The City, Treat Williams stars as Detective Daniel Ciello aka Babyface giving the performance of a life time, hitting so many emotional walls throughout. It’s an epic film with a run time of 2hrs 47mins and similar in tone to Serpico but takes a big change of direction. Whereas Al Pacino’s Serpico is the hero, honest New York cop, our Babyface Ciello is a corrupt cop trying to find redemption. He is cocky, egotistical and addicted to the buzz of danger. However, he soon discovers that he’s in way over his head and starts to realise what destructive impact it all has on his partners, friends and family.

Tagline –  A cop is turning. Nobody’s safe.

It’s quite an electrifying ride of emotions and even with the long run time it doesn’t feel too long at all. Made in 1981 this film is set in 1972 and you get all the big leather jackets, cool suit jackets and street talk. I can’t believe I had never heard of it before as I’m a big fan of the cop drama genre.

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You get mafia gangsters, snitches, hitmen, junkies, hookers, corrupt lawyers and cops, internal affairs, drug trafficking, wiretapping and bodyguards. This movie hits it all.

One of the things I really loved was that each act had a title scene and was followed by identification cards or mug shots of the cast of players. Seeing the cast with their names was a nice touch of detail.

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Treat Williams was exceptional but the whole cast shone through well especially Jerry Orbach as one of his partners Detective Gus Levy. There’s a massive cast and it can be hard to keep up at times but keep an eye out for a few classics like Lance Henriksen (Bishop from Aliens) and James Tolkan (Mr. Strickland from Back To The Future). Plus my favourite character who I would’ve loved to have seen more of, the badass Rocky Gazzo played by Tony Munafo.

This is a film about morals and like most of Sidney Lumet films he doesn’t hit the sentimental button but he does flick the “your gonna be thinking about this all the time” switch, as he always does. Does it pay to be honest?  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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“You don’t like my spaghetti meat balls?”

Here is the trailer.

Further Reading Links

Prince Of The City WIKI

Roger Ebert Review

Indie Wire Deep Focus Essay By Steve Santos

Prince Of The City 1981 IMDB