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The French Connection (1971)

The French Connection
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Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman

Jimmy Doyle
Fernando Rey

Fernando Rey

Alain Charnier
Roy Scheider

Roy Scheider

Buddy Russo
Tony Lo Bianco

Tony Lo Bianco

Sal Boca
Marcel Bozzuffi

Marcel Bozzuffi

Pierre Nicoli
Bill Hickman

Bill Hickman

Mulderig
Ann Rebbot

Ann Rebbot

Marie Charnier


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Ernest Tidyman

Ernest Tidyman

(screenplay)


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Great action classic!

4 years, 4 months ago at Sep 16 19:12
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My expectations of The French Connection were pretty high because not only did it win Best Picture but it even beat A Clockwork Orange and Stanley Kubrick. It is a very good film that I did really enjoy but it did feel a little bit slow to start off with. I personally think it took about half an hour to get into 'Popeye' Doyle and 'Cloudy' Russo. 1971 was a great year in cinema and did feature a l... read more

The French Connection

3 years, 1 month ago at Dec 19 15:52
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The film revolves around the smuggling of narcotics between Marseille, France and New York City, USA. In Marseille a policeman is staking out Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), a French criminal who is smuggling heroin from France to the United States. The policeman is assassinated by Charnier's henchman, Pierre Nicoli.

In New York, detectives James "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Bud... read more

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1 year, 7 months ago at Jun 13 1:59
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A film that opens with a Santa Claus and a white man giving chase to a black man deserves to be given credit. That aside, French Connection is a monumental achievement, regarding the realistic characters and the realism in the nature of the surroundings. It's a starkly tough film, harsh, and brutal. Most of the early 70's films emphasized on the realism, and this film is no different. All the cras... read more
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Description: William Friedkin's gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between 'Popeye' Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier, a s ... (more)
Release date: 9 October 1971
UPC: 024543020653
Crime (25), Drama (18), Action (16), Thriller (14), 1970s (14), 1971 (12), Drugs (11), Car Chase (11), Mafia (9), Police (9), Train (7), Chase (7), Stakeout (7), Sniper (6), Rooftop (5), Murder (5), Tear Gas (5), Car (5), Actor (5), Auto Auction (4)
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“A film that opens with a Santa Claus and a white man giving chase to a black man deserves to be given credit. That aside, French Connection is a monumental achievement, regarding the realistic characters and the realism in the nature of the surroundings. It's a starkly tough film, harsh, and brutal. Most of the early 70's films emphasized on the realism, and this film is no different. All the crashes, the punches, the against-the-walls, the shouts, the inhaling of the cigarette, the pointing of a finger; all felt natural, all too real, almost a semi-documentary in itself.

The story is this that a French criminal is smuggling narcotics from France to the USA, and two cops, Popeye and Cloudy, must stop him from doing so, or catch him red-handed. The plot is nothing original, but t” read more

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