There are many articles out there detailing the absurdities of this cinematic treasure so I wont go into the gory detail. (To be honest, I've never made it through the whole thing.) But the part of the film that anyone who loves seeing New York City on film will truly savior is, without a doubt. the chariot chase that progresses from midtown, heading north on Sixth Avenue (past Radio City) and into Central Park. The park is decimated by the stunt car a work, which digs deep holes into what appears to be the Sheep's Meadow. I say 'appears' not because I'm hazy on my CP geography (I'm not...in fact, I know the park backwards...so there) but because it is almost unrecognizable in contrast with its current state of ultra-sleek, super-planted, 'stay-off-the-lawn' perfection. Actually, many New Yorkers have come to regard the park as having grown progressively less charming due to its prissy-clean state. To those naysayers I would say: watch this and enjoy a look at a forgotten city, one where they'd issue a permit to shoot anything anywhere as long as the right payoffs were made...and one in which there was no such thing as the Central Park Conservancy to prevent shredding the crown jewel of Manhattan in the name of popular entertainment.
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