"I'm very worried about my body."
No truer line spoken in a Cronenberg script.
Drunk as fuck Lee Marvin ripping his pants open when drawing his gun to shoot a bottle of booze is a watershed moment in the 60s western. I mistakenly expected Hannie Caulder or Johnny Guitar and got some zany Paint Your Wagon shenanigans with Nat King Cole singing and Jane Fonda stealing the show 'she-banging' around town on quest for revenge. It's kinda cute.
Pretty gnarly police procedural released in the same year as Magnum Force yet somehow manages to paint police in an even more fascist light - like when forcing a rapist (who they casually call "Georgie") into a Russian roulette situation in order to identify the titular mad bomber.
Under its alternate title - The Police Connection - it has one of the nastiest taglines I've ever seen: "In handcuffs or a paper bag, they don't care how they bring them in!"
Some of the *great* quotes from Abel on the new blu-ray commentary:
"There he is right there, Russell" (after Russell Simmons' credit)
"Yeah, these are all the old favorites..." (just watching the credits)
"We had to do one black and white film, man."
"There ain't no fuckin' extras. This is the street. You think I'm directing these people? We shoot in the street bro, what the fuck? You think we're casting these people, this is fuckin' New York!"