Just six years before he made his debut as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars: Episode V, Billy Dee Williams portrayed Lieutenant Terrence Sneed, a cop from the City by the Bay, who gets called to New Mexico to lend a helping hand to a local police chief. The problem the police force needs help with goes by the name of Victor Manso (played by Vic Morrow) and is a well-respected drug lord. What makes Sneed a fascinating character is that he often accepts money from criminals, but that does not stop him from putting them behind bars. The same thing happens here and what follows is a fast-paced race to the end, with director Robert Hartford-Davis never allowing the momentum to slow down.
The filmmaker drives this vehicle like a professional NASCAR racer, without ever letting go of the steering wheel. Especially if you know that in the last week of shooting, the director of photography (Duke Callaghan) got injured by one of the stunt cars, but Hartford-Davis did not let that stop him from finishing the movie. The script was written by Franklin Coen and Del Reisman, adapted from a book by G.F. Newman, called Sir, You Bastard. Besides Billy Dee's sophisticated performance, we have to point out Eddie Albert and Morrow, who take their characters to a higher level than expected, making them bigger than the sum of their lines.