The French Connection

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Released 1971

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Director:
William Friedkin
Released:
1971
Rating:
R
New York City detectives Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Hackman.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    Variety

    Producer and screenwriter have added enough fictional flesh to provide director William Friedkin and his overall topnotch cast with plenty of material, and they make the most of it.

  • 90

    TV Guide

    This tough, brilliant crime film features Hackman as the indefatigable Popeye Doyle, who passionately hates drug pushers.

  • 90

    The New York Times

    The French Connection is a film of almost incredible suspense, and it includes, among a great many chilling delights, the most brilliantly executed chase sequence I have ever seen....

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    Gene Hackman

    Gene Hackman

    James R. "Popeye" Doyle/Jimmy Doyle

    Fernando Rey

    Fernando Rey

    Alain Charnier

    Roy Scheider

    Roy Scheider

    Russo/Det. Buddy Russo

    Marcel Bozzuffi

    Marcel Bozzuffi

    Pierre Nicoli

    Tony Lo Bianco

    Tony Lo Bianco

    Sal Boca

    Frederic de Pasquale

    Frederic de Pasquale

    Devereaux

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    Thrillers, Crime, Classics