This account of one of the largest U.S. drug busts at the time, loosely based on a true story and Robin Moore's book, features one of the most famous chase scenes in film history as cars careen below the elevated train tracks dodging city traffic. The story begins as a pair of hard-boiled New York City narcotics detectives uncover an elaborate heroin smuggling ring headed by a French crime boss. Gene Hackman makes a lasting impression as tough-guy cop Popeye Doyle. Wunderkind William Friedkin made his commercial breakthrough and won an Oscar for Best Director.
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