35 years ago this week, one of the 1980s’ most seminal releases hit cinemas. The classic To Live and Die in L.A.
Directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist) and based on the novel by former U.S. Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich, who co-wrote the screenplay with Friedkin, the film has gone on to earn a well-deserved cult following.
Although it only earned a modest $17 million at the box office, it has held up well critically and across the various meta-platforms in online ratings.
And this… is one of the best film scenes from the 1980s.
The car chase in this film has consistently been ranked in the top 5 best car chase sequences on film, usually appearing in various one to five positions through the years. No surprise since it’s coming from French Connection stock.
Could they make a film like this now without screwing it up?