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Based on an actual police case and the illustrious career of New York cop Eddie Egan, the film stars Gene Hackman as Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, whose unorthodox methods of crime fighting are anything but diplomatic. With his partner (Roy Scheider), Popeye investigates the international shipment of heroin masterminded by the suave Frenchman (Fernando Rey) who eludes Popeye throughout an escalating series of pursuits. The obsessive tension of Doyle's investigation reaches peak intensity during the film's breathtaking car chase, in which Doyle races under New York's elevated train tracks in a borrowed sedan--a sequence that earned an Oscar for editing and was instantly hailed as one of the greatest chase scenes ever filmed.
Produced on location, The French Connection had an immediate influence on dozens of movies and TV shows to follow, virtually redefining the crime thriller with its combination of brutal realism and high-octane craftsmanship. Boosted by the film's phenomenal success, director William Friedkin took his attention towards redefining the horror genre with his next film The Exorcist.--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
Following on from the original four years later, French Connection II takes "Popeye" Doyle to Marsailles to hunt down Alain Charnier, the "daddy" of the smuggling ring. Gene Hackman returns to revive his role as Doyle the brutal and uncompromising narcotics detective, and turns in an equally hard hitting performance to that offered in the original.
brilliant gripping fast action film set in a great location hackman was awesome.Published 4 months ago by Robert Jermyn
Gene Hackman gives yet another brilliant performance in this classic movie. OK the photography and special effects may look dated now, but the storyline still looks good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by AJL
I like this movie a lot. Lots of shooting and shooting-up! Now, if we could just get some pants for the Colonel...Published 9 months ago by Ian
This is a great classic film. We have all watched it a number of times Gene Hackman is great in this old filmPublished 15 months ago by devarro
French connection one anatd two both as good as each other long time since ive seen them gene Hackman at his best well worth watching greatPublished 20 months ago by ddland