This 1981 police thriller, Burt Reynolds’s third outing as a director, has the wistful faith in innocence and the extreme moral outrage of Gator coupled with the subversive infantilism of The End. What he lacks in technique (which is plenty) is nearly compensated for by the almost embarrassing intensity of feeling. Reynolds plays a lonely vice cop who falls for the prostitute he’s wiretapping. The context is extremely violent, which makes the intimate moments—between Reynolds and the prostitute and Reynolds and his buddies—stand out in agonizingly stark relief. With Vittorio Gassman, Brian Keith, Charles Durning, Bernie Casey, and Henry Silva. R, 119 min.