Watching this while sick from work with the flu lends it some kind of relevance, I guess.
But nothing much has changed since the last time I saw it.
It's still very, very good. Up there with some of the most important films of the 70s.
And that was an important decade, in terms of films.
Pryor is impeccable, Keitel is relatable, Kotto is a tremendous presence and it still always surprises me with how dark it really gets as it goes on.
Schrader gives this thing a realism, not unlike what Ken Loach does with his domestic dramas, but he never asks us to sympathise with these guys, who properly get in over tyeor heads and scramble into a hole trying to control it.
Pryor is outstanding, though. I'll have to find out if he did any more 'serious' roles, because this one here is an all-timer.
Way too good.