An amoral U.S. Treasury agent drags his squeaky-clean new partner straight into hell in William Friedkin's action-packed thriller in which the good guys and bad guys are barely distinguishable. After sleek counterfeiter Eric Masters (Willem Dafoe) murders a treasury agent, the risk-taking, aptly named Richard Chance (a pre-CSI William Petersen in his first starring role) goes rogue with his partner John Vukovich (John Pankow) reluctantly joining him in an obsessive pursuit that swiftly spirals out of control. Fourteen years after he garnered a Best Director Oscar for Best Picture winner The French Connection, Friedkin dazzles again in this tense, atmospheric return to the world of cops and crooks. Both films benefit from his documentarian eye for detail, which here includes a fascinating sequence of Masters at his job making money the old-fashioned way: with a printing press, Xacto knife and washing machine. Like the earlier film, this one has a memorable chase scene and it is Friedkin’s finest, an adrenalin-pumped, fender-bending, frantic race through LA streets, freeways and even riverbed, that leaves the viewer as breathless as poor John Vukovich trapped in the back seat for the duration of the wild ride. The director makes a point of marking the gulf between Masters’ upscale life and Chance’s blue-collar environment that provides a portrait of two sides of Los Angeles and while the soundtrack—”Everybody Wang Chung tonight!”—the hair and the fashions mark the film of its era, there is also a timelessness to this tale of law and disorder.