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Film / The Seven-Ups

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The Seven-Ups is a 1973 American crime thriller film produced and directed by Philip D'Antoni. It stars Roy Scheider as a Cowboy Cop who is a loose remake of Buddy "Cloudy" Russo from The French Connection.

Det. Buddy Manucci (Scheider) has been getting flak from his higher-ups at the NYPD because his team of renegade policemen, known as The Seven-Ups, has been using unorthodox methods to capture criminals and secure prison terms of seven years or more.

The film begins as the team ransacks an antiques store that is a front for the running of counterfeit money. Recently, there's been a rash of kidnappings, but it seems that only upper echelon criminals are the ones getting abducted, such as Max Kalish, whose ransom is paid at a car wash. Manucci tries to figure out the puzzle, with help supplied to him by an informant who turns out to be untrustworthy, leading to the death of one of the Seven-Up officers. Manucci figures out the puzzle, but not before The Seven-Ups splinter from the fallout of the film's events, and Manucci's life is placed in jeopardy.

This film provides examples of:

  • Badass Bystander: When Buddy's chase of Bo and Moon takes him into New Jersey, they attempt to ambush him by pulling in front of a Greyhound bus and stick to the front while Moon loads his sawed off shotgun. After blowing his horn at them a couple times, the bus driver sees Moon lean out the back window, gun at the ready. He immediately looks to his left to see Buddy coming up on his left in his side mirror. The driver immediately lays on the horn to warn Buddy, getting his attention long enough to see the ambush and take evasive maneuvers.
  • Big Applesauce
  • Car Chase: As in Bullitt and The French Connection, Bill Hickman orchastrated the chase.
  • Cool Car: Made when pretty much every car on the road was one.
  • Cruel Mercy: After figuring out that Vito was behind the kidnappings, Buddy assures Vito he won't be arrested. Rather, Buddy is going to make sure the mobsters that were snatched know that Vito, not Buddy's group, was responsible and allow them to do as they will.
  • Drives Like Crazy: The bad guy's driver during the car chase.
  • Expy: Manucci, of Cloudy Russo, also based on Sonny Grosso.
  • Homage: The chase scene is, shot-for-shot, a remake of Bullitt's chase, complete with most of the same sound effects. The single biggest differences were the heavier traffic volumes in New York City and the use of dialogue during the chase.
  • Instant Convertible: The chase scene ends with Manucci crashing into the back of a stalled truck, ducking just in time before the top of his car's front half gets sheared off.
  • One-Book Author: This was the only film directed by Philip D'Antoni.
  • Shout-Out: The Car Chase is a shot-for-shot remake of Bullitt's chase.
  • Spiritual Successor: To The French Connection.