Call The Cops! The Five Craziest Cop Car Chases

In Blitz Jason Statham plays a Dirty Harry type London Police detective, breaking the rules and busting skulls to get the job done, his way. But when it comes to delivering a full on car / foot chase, it gets a bit, well, The Bill. There is the inevitable scramble out a back window past a dozy plod, over a few walls, then a few long shots of police cars not going very fast. Lets face it, the yanks can do police car chases in their sleep. Here are five great examples that definitely won’t send you to the land of nod (or should that be nee-nod, nee-nod?) The criteria is the heroes of the films are all cops, or at least law enforcers, so no The Blues Brothers multi-car pile up!

5. Short Time 1990

Seattle detective Burt Simpson (Dabney Coleman) is mistakenly told he has two weeks to live after a mix-up at his regular medical. Believing his family will only get full benefits if he dies in the line of duty, Burt takes ever increasing risks, hoping a suspect will kill him. Watch his crazed determination to beat the patrol cars in this hot pursuit. It’s like Lethal Weapon with extra laughs.

4. Freebie And The Bean

Two San Francisco cops, odd couple James Caan and nebish partner Alan Arkin, vow to bring down a local crime boss. Their crazed obsession culminates with this crazy car chase, that ends with them crashing into an elderly couples bedroom. The film set the tone for later cop buddy movies, and is an oft forgotten gem.

3. Bullitt 1968

Steve McQueen in his green Ford Mustang pursues two hit men in a black Dodge Charger through the streets of San Francisco and surrounding environs in one of the most iconic films of the ’60′s. Car fanatics are still arguing over which car is better. Just listen to the full throated roar of these beasts. Yet the film isn’t “number one with a bullitt” in my list…

2. To Live And Die In L.A 1985

Reckless Secret Service agent Richard Chance (the magnetic William Petersen) sucks his new partner John Vukovich (John Pankow) into a dangerous take down. They need to obtain extra cash from a criminal to make up the amount needed in an unauthorised sting with Rick Masters, a counterfeiter (Willem Dafoe). What they don’t know is the criminal they rob is actually an undercover FBI agent. When he is accidentally shot, our “heroes” are chased by the law, against the flow of traffic on a busy freeway. This amazing chase took six weeks to shoot. Direct William Friedkin was determined to top the chase in his great cop movie, The French Connection. Did he succeed?

1. The French Connection 1971

Doyle is bad news-but a good cop, ran the by-line for William Friedkin’s stone cold classic of obsessive policing, based on a real life massive drugs bust. Nicoli, right hand man to French drug smuggler Charnier, fails in his attempt to kill Detective Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman). Escaping on an elevated train, he is pursued by Doyle on the street below in a commandeered Pontiac. Friedkin shot without permits, the only precaution being a beacon on the camera car roof and the blaring of the horn. Friedkin himself filmed from the back seat, protected by a mattress. During the chase Doyle narrowly avoids pedestrians, and sideswipes at one point one of the stunt cars. For sheer inventiveness and balls to the wall, real life adrenalin pumping action, c’est magnifique!

Originally posted 2012-04-19 10:53:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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