***1/2. Blu-Ray. A very good crime movie of the late 60's / early 70's and only film directed by producer Philip D'Antoni. It's winter in NYC and the city's got this shady look we love to see on screen. The bad guys, Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Lynch and Joe Spinell, are as, if not more, interesting as Scheider and his pals. A valuable addition to your library. Recommended and strongly recommended to crime movie fans.
The best part about The Seven-Ups is Scheider/Lo Bianco's cop/mobster friendship that's clouded in deception. It not only gives the final scene a justified irony for one of their fates, but an understanding of both character's reasoning for their agendas. While the writing is commendable, it flags in energy and pace, even more so than The French Connection. Nothing is exactly misplaced, but it isn't always exciting.
This was a fairly blatant rip-off of 'Bullitt' and 'The French Connection'. The producer of those films was Philip D'Antoni, who decides he can make his own gritty police drama. He didn't even bother to look for new stars. He just took Roy and Tony Lo Bianco from 'French' and he had his good guy and bad guy.
This is the real French Connection sequel. All the elements that made that movie great are on display here. Movies like this would never be made today, as everything has to be explosions to keep the idiots entertained. Give me a smart well scripted film like this any day. Scheider is great here, one of his best roles, along with Jaws. 4.5 stars
Underrated, overlooked. "The Seven-Ups is a brilliant and violent meditation on justice and betrayal. It’s a sharp elbow to the gut. It’s a song from a different time, a time when a car chase could be a ballet and New York City, in all its ugliness, was the most foul and beautiful place in the world."-William Boyle, Goodbye Like a Bullet