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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
Ann Rebbot Ann Rebbot
Marie Charnier

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Ernest Tidyman Ernest Tidyman


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Great action classic!

5 years, 8 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

4 years, 5 months 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


2 years, 11 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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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 suave and urbane gentleman who is nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America. During the surveillance and eventual bust, Friedkin provides one of the most gripping and memorable car chase sequences ever filmed.
Release date: 9 October 1971
UPC: 024543020653
Tags: Crime (24), Drama (17), Action (17), 1970s (15), Thriller (14), Drugs (12), Car Chase (11), 1971 (11), Mafia (10), Police (9), Chase (8), Stakeout (8), Train (8), Sniper (7), Murder (6), Rooftop (6), Tear Gas (6), Actor (6), Auto Auction (5), Car (5)
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"Best Picture! Winner: The French Connection! Nominees: A Clockwork Orange Fiddler on the Roof The Last Picture Show Nicholas and Alexandra"

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"1971! Winner: William Friedkin! Nominees: Stanley Kubrick - A Clockwork Orange Norman Jewison - Fiddler on the Roof Peter Bogdanovich - The Last Picture Show John Schlesinger - Sunday Bloody Sunday"

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A classic

“To be honest, it has been a while since I have seen this movie and I should definitely re-watch it at some point. Even though I have a lot of respect for this flick, eventually, it didn’t really win me over though. That’s something that sometimes happen with huge old classics like this one. Indeed, at the time of its release, it must have been really groundbreaking but, during the following 40 years, they have made so many similar movies that it has lost some of its impact, at least, in my case. Still, there is no denying that it is really solid gritty thriller with a star-making performance from Gene Hackman. This movie will be also forever for its amazing car chase which is still considered as one of the best ever made after all these years. A couple of years later, William Friedkin ” read more

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