Buy now: NIGHT CHASE
In Night Chase, a TV movie made in the year 1970, David Janssen plays a tired businessman whose flight gets canceled at the Los Angeles International Airport, prompting him to grab a cab that would take him to San Diego. The cab driver, portrayed by Yaphet Kotto, is naturally very suspicious, not only due to the unusually long drive ahead of them, but also on account of the bloodstains he sees on his client’s shirt. During that journey, the two men establish an unusual rapport. David Janssen of The Fugitive television series does a good job as yet another character on the run from the police, with agony painted across his face throughout the movie.
But the real star here is Yaphet Kotto, his energy radiating through the screen and making the moments when the film’s tempo comes to a halt worth watching. Director Jack Starrett, himself an actor, does a flawless job at the helm, letting the viewers enjoy the California landscape as the story unfolds, allowing us to experience the atmosphere through sights and sounds, so when the dialogue kicks in, it feels all the more poignant. Screenwriters Marvin A. Gluck and Collier Young did an admirable job, but it is safe to say that Janssen, Kotto and Starrett really make the movie the suspenseful ride that you as a viewer hope will never come to an end.