Review: ‘The Seven Ups’

The Seven Ups is a serviceable dualer about some underground cops who get caught in a series of gangland kidnappings. Produced by debuting director Philip D'Antoni in NY, the film features, at midpoint, a complicated and extravagant car chase which must have taxed the ingenuity of the director and that of stunt coordinator Bill Hickman. Roy Scheider heads an okay cast in a fair script.

The Seven Ups is a serviceable dualer about some underground cops who get caught in a series of gangland kidnappings. Produced by debuting director Philip D’Antoni in NY, the film features, at midpoint, a complicated and extravagant car chase which must have taxed the ingenuity of the director and that of stunt coordinator Bill Hickman. Roy Scheider heads an okay cast in a fair script.

Plot finds Scheider, Victor Arnold, Jerry Leon and Ken Kercheval members of a special NYPD unit which operates in unorthodox methods. Tony Lo Bianco plays an informant who uses Scheider’s loan shark list to set up his own kidnap operation.

Scheme backfires with Kercheval’s surprise death. That event sets off Scheider into a spree of lawless law enforcement which on the screen always turns out right.

The Seven Ups

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Philip D'Antoni; Producer Philip D'Antoni; Screenplay Albert Ruben, Alexander Jacobs; Camera Urs Furrer; Editor Jerry Greenberg, Stephen A. Rotter, John C. Horger; Music Don Ellis; Art Director Ed Wittstein

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1973. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Roy Scheider Victor Arnold Jerry Leon Ken Kercheval Tony Lo Bianco Larry Haines
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