Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle and his partner, Buddy Russo, are New York City police detectives on narcotics detail, trying to track down the source of heroin from Europe into the United States. Suave Alain Charnier is a wealthy French criminal who runs the largest heroin-smuggling syndicate in the world. Charnier plans to smuggle $32 million worth of heroin into the United States by hiding it in the car of his unsuspecting friend, French television personality Henri Devereaux, who is traveling to New York by ship. Acting on a hunch, Popeye and Buddy start tailing Sal Boca and his wife Angie, who live pretty high for a couple running a corner store.
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The film incorporated a real-life tactic used by Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso in a scene where Doyle is dressed in a Santa Claus suit while chasing down a drug dealer. The idea came to Egan when he figured that dealers would never suspect Santa of being an undercover cop. Read More