"Excellent film. I can't believe it took me so long to see it. I disagree with the reviewer. It attempts to be the real thing, and I think it's very successful at it. Best picture and best actor of 1971? Who knows and who cares. Hackman's great. He may have pushed things a little far, even a little over the top, but I don't think his role would have been as memorable if he hadn't. The movie's a lot of great pieces that connect. It was over before I could say, "great film" !"