Vale Phil D'Antoni - John Snadden remembers the producer of three great action movies.
I've just seen where Hollywood producer Phil D'Antoni has died. He was responsible for producing three rolled gold crime-action classics from the late 1960s and early 70s, namely BULLIT(1968), THE FRENCH CONNECTION(1971) and THE SEVEN-UPS(1973) (which he also directed). Peter Yates and William Friedkin were then outsiders whose take on the gangster movie was something special. Each film was also highlighted by a tremendous car chase sequence, and it's nearly impossible to pick which one could be classed as the best. Personally, I think the slam-bang ending to the pursuit in THE SEVEN-UPS is nearly impossible to top.