The best part about The Seven-Ups is Scheider and Lo Bianco's cop-mobster friendship that is clouded in deception. It not only gives the final scene a justified irony for one of their fates, but we well understand both character's reasoning behind their agendas (full commitment to justice for one, to pay health bills for the other.) My only real problem is while the writing is commendable, it's no French Connection.
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