A tense drama set in the seedier streets of New York where the sidewalks are paved with human misery. George Segal stars as slick talking JJ, a junkie who has lost his way in the deepest darkest depths of drugs and is on a continual search for the next fix never knowing where, or how, he will find it. His habit is costing him $100 a day and that is $100 he doesn't have. Desperate for drugs he plans to rob a bank but Robert De Niro as Danny, a detective and his partner Vivian (Hector Elizondo) have other ideas. The hard nosed 'tecs' are determined to clear the streets of the human vermin that infest them and JJ is just one of those losers that should and must be brought to book!