The Seven-Ups: A gritty cop thriller that combines the best of The French Connection and Bullitt

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The French Connection meets Bullitt. That’s the first thought that came to my mind when I saw director-producer Phillip D’Antoni’s The Seven-Ups. Antoni was the producer on both those films and he made his directorial debut with this lean and mean quasi-sequel to William Friedkin’s 1971 film The French Connection. The film is every bit as exciting, thrilling, gritty and ferocious as its predecessor and is based on the story of a real-life cop named Sonny Grosso, who was played by Roy Scheider in the Friedkin film alongside Gene Hackman’s character. Scheider’s character was named Buddy Grosso in that and here, he is named Buddy Manucci. There is no mistaking the fact they both are based on Grosso, who also served as the technical advisor on this film. His presence lends an authenticity to the events depicted in it. Scheider looks more stylish here and his get…

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