French Connection (DVD)

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Description

'Popeye' Doyle (an Academy Award-winning Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) are tough New York cops attempting to crack a drug smuggling ring. They have a small candy store under surveillance, but Doyle is not happy when he receives the order to work with a pair of French federal agents on the case, one of whom he has a long-standing feud with. Gene Hackman and director William Friedkin both earned Academy Awards for the film, which also took Best Picture.

Product Details

Barcode
5039036017619
Department
Movies & TV
Released
5 Jul 2004
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Thriller
Region
Region 2
Year
1971
Language
English
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Enhanced WS tv
  • Bonus Footage
  • Trailers
  • Commentary: William Friedkin (Director). Gene Hackman. Roy Scheider
Runtime
99 min
Age Restriction
18
Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
French Connection
Release Year
1971
Running Time
104 min
Language
English
Alternate Title
Filiere Francaise
Categories
Action/Adventure / Action / Cops / Crime / Drugs / Essential Cinema / New York City / Police / Recommended / Theatrical Release / Thieves
Ratings
IMDb
7.8
Rotten Tomatoes®
98% 87%
Metacritic
94
Synopsis
Released in the same year as Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY (1971), William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked the beginning of a new era of gritty, urban police dramas. Here, the theme of tough-cop amorality serves a conservative demand for a police-state crackdown on the domestic chaos and subversive youth culture of the Vietnam War period.

The film is based on the true story of two New York City police detectives and their investigation into a French heroin smuggling operation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION is perhaps best known for its infamous, masterfully filmed chase scene (influenced by Peter Yates' BULLITT) in which the lead policeman, Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), recklessly drives a stolen car through oncoming traffic in pursuit of a sniper escaping by elevated train. The thrill of this crime drama is accentuated by director William Friedkin's early European influences, perhaps best represented by the handheld documentary-style visuals and Friedkin's claims that the Oscar-winning screenplay was frequently disregarded in favor of improvisation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked not only a significant change of course for his career, but also a stylistic shift that all of Hollywood would soon follow.
Notes
Theatrical release: October 9, 1971

Based on events that occurred in 1961.

Shot almost entirely on location in New York City, and briefly in Marseilles, France.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION is number 70 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.

People were allegedly injured during the filming of the famous chase scene.

Friedkin is rumored to have shot parts of the chase scene himself.
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Poster for French Connection
Cast & Crew
Director
William Friedkin
Star
Gene Hackman / Marcel Bozzufi / Frederic de Pasquale / Harold Gary / Sonny Grosso / Bill Hickman / Tony Lo Bianco / Ann Rebbot / Fernando Rey / Roy Scheider
Screenwriter
Ernest Tidyman
Source Writer
Robin Moore / Author: Robin Moore
Composer
Don Ellis
Producer
Philip D'Antoni
Director of Photography
Owen Roizman
Editor
Jerry Greenberg
Production Designer
Ben Kazaskow
Sound
Christopher Newman / Theodore Soderberg
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"...To watch it now is to appreciate more than ever Gene Hackman's uncompromising talent..."
Mark Harris (28 Sep 2001, p.56)
New York Times
"THE FRENCH CONNECTION offered a rush of sights and sounds, sweeping the viewer along in a visceral experience."
Dave Kehr (22 Oct 2010, )
Premiere
"William Friedkin brings a new documentary-style grittiness and moral ambiguity to the crime thriller."
Premiere Staff (1 Dec 2003, p.11)
Total Film
"[With] the Greatest Car Chase Ever Filmed."
Daniel Webb (1 Apr 2004, p.136)
USA Today
"...A best-picture Oscar that really holds up..."
Mike Clark (28 Sep 2001, p.5E)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Picture
Winner: 1971
Best Director
Winner: 1971 - William Friedkin
Best Actor
Winner: 1971 - Gene Hackman
Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: 1971 - Ernest Tidyman
Best Film Editing
Winner: 1971 - Jerry Greenberg