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cover: French Connection (2d)

French Connection (2d)

Director(s): William Friedkin

Theatrical Release: 1971

Cast: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Arlene Faber

Genre(s): Thriller, Action, classic, crime, Dean's List

Countries: USA


Location in store: Hollywood > Thriller

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Running Time: 104m.

This gritty, fast-paced, and innovative police drama earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (written by Ernest Tidyman), and Best Actor (Gene Hackman). Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Hackman) and his partner Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) are New York City police detectives on narcotics detail, trying to track down the source of heroin from Europe into the United States. Suave Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) is the French drug kingpin who provides a large percentage of New York City's dope, and Pierre Nicolli (Marcel Bozzuffi) is a hired killer and Charnier's right-hand man. Acting on a hunch, Popeye and Buddy start tailing Sal Boca (Tony LoBianco) and his wife Angie (Arlene Faber), who live pretty high for a couple whose corner store brings in about $7,000 a year. It turns out Popeye's suspicions are right Sal and Angie are the New York agents for Charnier, who will be smuggling $32 million worth of heroin into the city in a car shipped over from France. The French Connection broke plenty of new ground for screen thrillers; Popeye Doyle was a highly unusual "hero," an often violent, racist and mean-spirited cop whose dedication to his job fell just short of dangerous obsession. The film's high point, a high-speed car chase with Popeye tailing an elevated train, was one of the most viscerally exciting screen moments of its day and set the stage for dozens of action sequences to follow. And the film's grimy realism (and downbeat ending) was a big change from the buff-and-shine gloss and good-guys-always-win heroics of most police dramas that preceded it. The French Connection was inspired by a true story, and Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, Popeye and Buddy's real life counterparts, both have small roles in the film. A sequel followed four years later. Mark Deming (allmovie.com)

Five Star Collection 2-DVD Set Special Features:

+ Scene-specific commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider

+ Director's commentary by William Friedkin

+ Original theatrical trailer

Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 1.85:1]

+ "Making the Connection: The Untold Stories" behind-the-scenes documentary

+ Deleted scenes documentary hosted by William Friedkin [contains seven deleted scenes]

+ Still gallery
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