This movie just reeks of the 70s. For some reason, when I want to think of pure “70s” movies, I think of this and The Conversation. Both, coincidentally, starring Gene Hackman.
It’s just a terrific movie. A cop movie, a thriller, a great car chase. This movie has everything. And it won Best Picture, which, looking back, is just crazy. It’s an American classic and all, and it’s an incredible film, and it completely represents what Hollywood was doing at the time, but the idea that a movie like this won Best Picture is both amazing and absolutely ridiculous. Hollywood would never let that happen nowadays. A contemporary thriller winning Best Picture. Never.
This film is so good. Sometimes I forget how good it is, and then I watch it again, and it’s just amazing. (more…)