The French Connection
- Gene Hackman

Overview - Released in the same year as Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY (1971), William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked the beginning of a new era of gritty, urban police dramas. Here, the theme of tough-cop amorality serves a conservative demand for a police-state crackdown on the domestic chaos and subversive youth culture of the Vietnam War period.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Released in the same year as Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY (1971), William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked the beginning of a new era of gritty, urban police dramas. Here, the theme of tough-cop amorality serves a conservative demand for a police-state crackdown on the domestic chaos and subversive youth culture of the Vietnam War period. The film is based on the true story of two New York City police detectives and their investigation into a French heroin smuggling operation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION is perhaps best known for its infamous, masterfully filmed chase scene (influenced by Peter Yates' BULLITT) in which the lead policeman, Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), recklessly drives a stolen car through oncoming traffic in pursuit of a sniper escaping by elevated train. The thrill of this crime drama is accentuated by director William Friedkin's early European influences, perhaps best represented by the handheld documentary-style visuals and Friedkin's claims that the Oscar-winning screenplay was frequently disregarded in favor of improvisation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked not only a significant change of course for his career, but also a stylistic shift that all of Hollywood would soon follow.

Awards:
1971 - Academy Awards - Best Picture Winner
1971 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner
1971 - Academy Awards - Best Director Winner
1971 - Academy Awards - Best Film Editing Winner
1971 - Academy Awards - Best Adapted Screenplay Winner

Cast List

Fernando Rey - Spanish Actor
Bill Hickman - Stunt Coordinator/"7-Ups"
Marcel Bozzufi - Actor
Philip D'Antoni
Sonny Grosso - Ex-Cop/Author/Actor, CRUISING (1980)
Tony Lo Bianco - American Actor
Tony LoBianco - American Actor
Frederic de Pasquale - Actor
Ben Kazaskow - Production Designer
Jerry Greenberg - American Editor
Gerald Greenberg - American Editor
Gerald B. Greenberg - American Editor
Owen Roizman - American Director Of Photography
Gene Hackman - Oscar-winning actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Eugene Alder - Oscar-winning actor, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Theodore Soderberg - Sound designer; THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971)
Roy Scheider - American actor, JAWS, ALL THAT JAZZ, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Roy R. Sheider - American actor, JAWS, ALL THAT JAZZ, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Harold Gary - Actor
William Friedkin - Oscar winning American director, THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Christopher Newman - SOUND MIXER/RECORDIST
Ernest Tidyman - American Novelist
Ann Rebbot - Actress
Don Ellis - American Composer - d. 1978
Robin Moore - Author/ Screenwriter

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 104
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543225812
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: November 2012

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Notes:
Theatrical release: October 9, 1971 Based on events that occurred in 1961. Shot almost entirely on location in New York City, and briefly in Marseilles, France. THE FRENCH CONNECTION is number 70 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. People were allegedly injured during the filming of the famous chase scene. Friedkin is rumored to have shot parts of the chase scene himself.

Reviews:
"...A best-picture Oscar that really holds up..." - 09/28/2001 USA Today, p.5E


"...To watch it now is to appreciate more than ever Gene Hackman's uncompromising talent..." - 09/28/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.56


"William Friedkin brings a new documentary-style grittiness and moral ambiguity to the crime thriller." - 12/01/2003 Premiere, p.11


"[With] the Greatest Car Chase Ever Filmed." - 04/01/2004 Total Film, p.136


4 stars out of 5 -- "It's one of the most influential and exciting crime movies...[with] a level of grit and realism that is almost impossible to duplicate." - 02/23/2009 Premiere


"THE FRENCH CONNECTION offered a rush of sights and sounds, sweeping the viewer along in a visceral experience." - 10/22/2010 New York Times

 
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