A powerhouse story of wrecked lives.
Based on a true-crime novel, the film burrows deep to follow the aftermath of a cop killing, tracking the men responsible, and another officer haunted by his own survival.
John Savage, a truly-great (and largely unknown) actor, had an incredible three-film run from 1978-1979, with this pic slotting in between The Deer Hunter and Hair.
Here he plays LAPD detective Karl Hettinger, who escaped death by a quirk of fate, but must now deal, day after agonizing day, with his inability to save his partner, played by future Cheers bartender Ted Danson.
Raw and uncompromising.