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This review is from: The French Connection [DVD] (DVD)
The French Connection is a 1970's American crime thriller film starring Gene Hackman and Roy Schneider. The two cops get involved in a series of events that eventually lead to the uncovering of one of the biggest ever narcotics smuggling attempt.
The casual cop from New York "Popeye" Doyle and his partner Russo form an extraordinary team. They live casually and often go out together. One late evening they follow up the trail of a curious couple only to find out that in spite of their extravaganza night life they are the moderate owners of a cafe under disguise. They suspect foul play yet can not find any clue. After their superiors have given up on them the incidents begin to unfold.
The film is set on various places in New York and South France. The director William Friedkin wanted to give the audience the real deal so do not be surprised the typical street and alleys in the film. The grim scenery of the Big Apple revolves around the realistic plot of the story.
The most remembered scene in the film is the famous car chase which was mathematically calculated and edited, to be rewarded by an Academy Award for Film Editing. Gene Hackman and the stunt driver Bill Hickman did a brilliant job, making the chase maybe the best ever car chase in the modern films. The scrapping of a new car suspected of carrying narcotics by the elderly police mechanic, the detection of the purity of the drug by a young drug expert-junkie and the failed chase for the capture of Alain Charnier are the moments that will stay forever in my mind.
A newly but lately found gem worth watching over and over again.