Roy Scheider: 1932 – 2008

7 up poster

This is not exactly news by now, but Roy Scheider recently passed away at age 75 due to cancer.

A brilliant character actor, he can justifiably be remembered for a bunch of great roles.

Doctor Benway in Naked Lunch, Joe Gideon in All That Jazz, Doc’ Levy in Marathon Man, Police Chief Martin Brody in Jaws, Det. Russo in The French Connection, the list is very long.

So what does this have to do with cars and such-like here at Automoblog?

The answer to that lies in the 1973 film, The Seven-Ups which starred Scheider as Buddy Seven-Up.

It’s a cop film that features, to me, hands down, the BEST chase scene ever on celluloid.

Yes, I mean that.

Better then Bullitt, better then Ronin … hell, better then whole chunks of Days of Thunder.

OK, better than all of Days of Thunder (I can’t begin to waste space on the manifold failings of that abomination of cinema).

But seriously, check out the clip, and tell me I’m wrong.

That stuffs just plain crazy.

And it’s long (clocking in at over 10:30). The editing is top notch, the driving spot on, and directing is really superb; lots of long shots, lots of naturalism … you can SEE just how close they were cutting it in far too many of these situations.

But really, the best part of all is Roy Scheider.

Pitch perfect, from start to finish.


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  • http://www.f1wolf.com F1 Wolf

    those were the good old days of great movie car chases … French connection would be another one … But still, when thinking about Roy Scheider, the Jaws come to mind first :-)

  • Iron Cross Movie

    ROY SCHEIDER’S FINAL FILM “IRON CROSS” – TRAILER & UPDATE MAY 2009

    Calibra Pictures is pleased to announce the release of the trailer for Roy Scheider’s last film “Iron Cross”.

    The revenge thriller, written and directed by Joshua Newton, will be previewed towards the end of the year in Los Angeles, following our Roy Scheider Film Week, dates and location tbc.

    The trailer can be downloaded securely from the following yousendit.com link:

    https://rcpt.yousendit.com/674374016/2c8d2c044adb

    WeÂ’d be delighted to receive your comments.

    Yours truly

    The Iron Cross Team

    ironcross@calibrapictures.com