To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)

William Petersen plays Richie Chance, a detective who’ll stop at nothing to catch the criminal who killed his partner.

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Who could top the New York car chase in William Friedkin’s Oscar-winning The French Connection (1971)? In To Live and Die in L.A., Friedkin ups the ante with a showstopper of a car chase set in downtown Los Angeles. It’s the centrepiece of a nihilistic crooked cops saga that was a little ahead of its time on first release, and is now rightly noted as one of the director’s best films.

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