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A True Motion Picture Classic In every Sense Of The Word.,
This review is from: The French Connection/French Connection II [DVD]  (DVD)
Gene Hackman excels in this real life account of the most successful narcotics investigation in the history of U.S law enforcement. The case started when the two New York detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso (played by Gene Hackman and Roy Scnieder)visited a night club on thier way home from work one night.
Whilst they were there they noticed a known Mafiosi spreading around lots of cash, so they decided to follow him after they left the club, little did they know then but they were about to embark on a case that would have international ramifications and end up being a ground breaking case that shook the heroin network in New York.
Hackman won on oscar for his superb pasionate portrayal of the New York Narc Detective, Schnider also helped out with a good supporting role culminating in a fast paced crime thriller that would set the tone for all future action movies.
If Hackman's performance won him an oscar in the first movie, then he should also have had the same accolade for his harrowing performance in part 2, his acting skills were tested to the limit when he had to portray the victim of an insidious kidnaping where he was turned into a heroin addict for him to talk to his subjects and then dumped out on the streets of Marsielle's after he had told them what they wanted to know. However the second part to this story is fictitous but never the less it was an excellent way to end the story, showing the strength of what men can do when they are pushed to the brink, and established by a wonderful cast of characters and brought to reality by the endorsement of Hackmans supberb display in both movies.
A classic that will always be rememberd for just that, and even better on DVD with great special features and a bargain at this price, and an epic 2 films that any collector should not ignore for his collection.