Don't get me wrong, The Seven-Ups is a decent crime thriller, but I don't know anyone who's been champing at the bit to add it to their library. And even I, who was moderately interested when I heard it was coming out, was a little disappointed when I realized I had it confused with a different film starring Roy Scheider.
Scheider stars as Buddy, a tough, slightly corrupt cop who leads a secret unit of detectives, called the Seven-Ups, who primarily target the mob. Buddy and his men run into some serious trouble when a gang of cop impersonators start shaking down the Mafia, who in turn seek retribution against the real cops.
The Seven-Ups came along on the heels of the wildly popular Bullitt and French Connection, both of which were produced by Seven-Ups director Philip D'Antoni. In fact, The Seven-Ups owes its entire existence to both of those films and seems to be built around an elaborate car chase that mirrors the legendary chases in both The French Connection and Bullitt.
What is almost as interesting as what The Seven-Ups rips off is what it seems to inspire. Fans of the FX series The Shield are the ones who should get the most out the film, as it often covered much of same territory, only 30 years earlier.