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The Seven-Ups (1973)

A tough detective who is part of an elite New York City unit is trying to find out who killed his partner, but uncovers a plot to kidnap mobsters for money.

Director:

Philip D'Antoni

Writers:

Albert Ruben (screenplay), Alexander Jacobs (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Scheider ... Buddy - Seven-Up
Victor Arnold ... Barilli - Seven-Up
Jerry Leon Jerry Leon ... Mingo - Seven-Up
Ken Kercheval ... Ansel - Seven-Up
Tony Lo Bianco ... Vito Lucia
Larry Haines Larry Haines ... Max Kalish
Richard Lynch ... Moon
Bill Hickman ... Bo
Lou Polan Lou Polan ... Carmine Coltello
Matt Russo Matt Russo ... Festa
Joe Spinell ... Toredano
Robert Burr Robert Burr ... Lt. Hanes
Rex Everhart ... Inspector Gilson
David Wilson ... Bobby
Ed Jordan Ed Jordan ... Bruno
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Storyline

Buddy, Barilli, Mingo and Ansel, detectives with the NYPD, comprise a secret investigative unit called the Seven-Ups, who, largely undercover, focus on cases leading to felony convictions with prison sentences of seven years or more for the criminals in question. Many within the NYPD who know about the unit don't support the idea of it because of the often unethical way they work on the cases, but their superior, Inspector Gilson, defends the unit solely because of the results. On the sly, Buddy, who is the head of the team, gets much of the information for the cases from Vito Lucia, a childhood friend who still lives and works in the old neighborhood where much of the crime is based. Vito knows that his life could be in danger if the mob finds out that he acts as a snitch for the police. After Buddy starts looking into the loan sharking business of some local mob members, unknown to him some of those mob members are shaken down for a minimum $100,000 apiece, one by one kidnapped for ... Written by Huggo

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They take justice one step further. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

14 December 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,425,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Philip D'Antoni said of his discussions with the 20th Century Fox studio about being hired as the director on this picture after the success of The French Connection (1971) which he produced: "We kind of agreed the best one to direct this would be me". See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, we see Sonny's car chasing the bad guys over the George Washington Bridge into New Jersey. Then we see a sign that says "NY 100-NY 133, Millwood, Briarcliff Manor" which is in New York. See more »

Quotes

Buddy Manucci: [gazing out the window at the racketeers the funeral parlor] A funeral really brings them out.
Barilli - Seven-Up: Respect for the dead is considered very important. You know that.
Buddy Manucci: [bitterly] Should show as much for the living.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo does not appear at the beginning. Instead we get a credit saying "Twentieth Century-Fox Presents". See more »

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A Classic
9 November 2009 | by ruthlessroddySee all my reviews

I was born in '68 with not much parental guidance as far as what I watched on TV (as a kid in the 70's). I always loved this movie (and the French Connection) and would always try to catch it whenever it was on (checking the Sunday TV guide ahead of time). I bought it on DVD a few years ago and have watched it twice since then and I must say, I STILL LOVE IT!!!! Roy S. was a great actor from the 70's (Jaws is one of my all-time favs, Marathon Man etc) and although the 7-ups is not an Oscar-worthy film, it puts you precisely in a time a place (NY, early 70's, as did French Connection) and gives you some tough characters and a glimpse of life as a cop at that time. And yes, the car chase is one of the all-time best.


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