This is one of those movies that in the 80's, when I was a teen, I really couldn't care less about. The French Connection was too 70's for me and I couldn't get into it or other period cop dramas like Serpico, etc. Nor at the time could I get past a soundtrack by Wang Chung..."Wait..Wang Chung are doing the soundtrack? HOw lame can this be!?".
So I saw it for the first time with the new release of the DVD a handfull of years back, and was *really* impressed. I knew *nothing* about the movie, mind you....not even the plot, only that it starred the guy from CSI. (I had just watched MANHUNTER for the first time as well, so I was on a William Peterson roll).....and I was suitably impressed.
I'm not much for Car Chases, honestly, but the overall movie worked on alot of levels..the level of improvisation, how the scenes weren't so cut-and-dried rehersed, was fantastic.....the ending, and I mean the real last-5 minutes ending, was a little strange...but overall I really loved this movie.
To those that have the foreign release, I don't consider a film from the 80's an "old" film per say...but does the picture and detail hold up, or is it a grain-fest...??