A risk-taking amoral U.S. Treasury agent seeks revenge against a sleek counterfeiter who murdered a fellow agent, going rogue in an obsessive pursuit that swiftly spirals out of control in William Friedkin’s tense, action-packed thriller that dazzles with his finest, most adrenalin-packed chase scene and star turns from William Petersen and Willem Dafoe. —SFIFF
William Friedkin (born 29 August 1935) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing The French Connection in 1972 and The Exorcist in 1973; for the former, he won the Academy Award for Best Director. His recent film, Bug (2006) won the FIPRESCI prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
After seeing the movie Citizen Kane as a boy, Friedkin became fascinated with movies and began working for WGN-TV immediately after high school. He eventually started his directorial career doing live television shows and documentaries, including The People vs. Paul Crump which won several awards and contributed to the commutation of Crump’s death sentence. As mentioned in Friedkin’s voice-over commentary on the DVD re-release of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Friedkin also directed one of the last episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in 1965, called “Off Season”. Hitchcock admonished Friedkin for not wearing a tie… read more
Per me un gradino sotto"French Connection".Ottima l'ambientazione underground in puro stile-Friedkin,ritmo vertiginoso e colonna sonora coinvolgente.Notevole critica sociale in un contesto di genere;qui scompare totalmente la figura dei poliziotto "tutore dell'ordine": Friedkin li mostra come schegge impazzite che agiscono più per vendetta e sfogo che per sete di giustizia.Un film più adrenalinico che suggestivo.3*