William Friedkin

USA, 1985 / 116 min / English OV with French subt. / Drama, Action

William Friedkin Retrospective

A fearless Secret Service agent will stop at nothing to bring down the counterfeiter who killed his partner.

In Los Angeles, Secret Service agent Richard Chance loses his partner and friend Jim Hart in an investigation of counterfeit money two days before Jim's retirement. Agent John Vukovich is assigned as Chance’s new partner and soon has to realise that Chance has become obsessed with capturing Eric 'Rick' Masters, the criminal responsible for Jim's death. Chance risks both his partner's and his own career trying to arrest Rick. After capturing one of the forger’s mules fails to provide leverage, Chance poses as a potential buyer of the fake currency. In order to meet Masters’ price, Chance himself sets out to commit a robbery.


Wed 10/03 13:00 Cinémathèque EN OV with FR subt. Public
  • Audience Award, Cognac Festival du Film Policier, 1986 (France)
  • Best Vehicular Stunt, Stuntman Awards, 1986 (USA)
  • Most Spectacular Sequence, Stuntman Awards, 1986 (USA)
Cast & Credits
William L. Petersen, Willem Dafoe, John Pankow, Debra Feuer, John Turturro, Darlanne Fluegel, Robert Downey
Gerald Petievich, William Friedkin, based on the eponymous novel by Gerald Petievich
Robby Müller
Jean-Louis Ducarme
Lilly Kilvert
Wang Chung
New Century Productions, SLM Production Group, United Artists

Born in 1935 in Chicago, William Friedkin started to learn filmmaking on television sets at the age of seventeen. In 1971, he rose to international fame and critical acclaim thanks to the film noir The French Connection, for which he received the Academy Award for Best Director. But he may be best known for The Exorcist (1973), one of the most terrifying films of all time, nominated for 10 Oscars. Besides directing such iconic action thrillers as To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) and Rampage (1988), William Friedkin has also been staging operas since 1998. His productions of Wozzeck, La fanciulla del West, or Samson and Delilah have toured some of the world’s most respected opera houses.

  • 2017 – The Devil and Father Amorth
  • 2011 – Killer Joe
  • 2006 – Bug
  • 2003 – The Hunted
  • 2000 – Rules of Engagement
  • 1997 – 12 Angry Men
  • 1995 – Jade
  • 1994 – Blue Chips
  • 1990 – The Guardian
  • 1987 – Rampage
  • 1985 – To Live and Die in L.A.
  • 1985 – The Twilight Zone: Little Boy Lost/Wish Bank/Nightcrawlers (1 episode of the TV series)
  • 1983 – Deal of the Century
  • 1980 – Cruising
  • 1978 – The Brink’s Job
  • 1977 – Sorcerer
  • 1975 – Fritz Lang Interviewed by William Friedkin (documentary)
  • 1973 – The Exorcist
  • 1971 – The French Connection
  • 1970 – The Boys in the Band
  • 1968 – The Night They Raided Minsky’s
  • 1968 – The Birthday Party
  • 1967 – Good Times