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In the hierarchy of great movie chase sequences the recent landmarks include the chases under the Brooklyn elevated tracks in The French Connection down the hills of San Fran cisco in Bullitt and through the Paris Metro in Diva Those chases were not only thrilling in their own right but they also reflected the essence of the cities where they took place Now comes William Friedkin director of The French Connection with a new movie that contains another chase that belongs on that short list The movie is set in Los Angeles and so of course the chase centers on the freeway system To Live and Die in L A is a law-enforcement movie sort of Its about Secret Service agents who are on the trail of a counterfeiter who has eluded the law for years and who flaunts his success At one point when undercover agents are negotiating a deal with the counterfeiter in his expensive health club he boasts Ive been coming to this gym three times a week for five years Im an easy guy to find People know they can trust me Meanwhile hes asking for a down payment on a sale of bogus bills and the down payment is larger than the Secret Service can authorize So Richard Chance William L Petersen the hot-dog special agent whos the hero of the movie sets up a dangerous plan to steal the advance money from another crook and use it to buy the bogus paper and bust the counterfeiter Neat The whole plot is neat revolving around a few central emotions - friendship loyalty arrogance anger By the time the great chase sequence arrives it isnt just a novelty thats tacked onto a movie where it doesnt fit Its part of the plot The Secret Service agents bungle their crime the cops come in pursuit and the chase unfolds in a long dazzling ballet of timing
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