The French Connection, 1971.
Directed by William Friedkin.
Starring Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco and Marcel Bozzuffi.
The French Connection is a crime film adapted and fictionalized from Robin Moore’s non-fiction book of the same name and the first R-rated film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The story follows New York Detective “Popeye” Doyle (Hackman) as he tries to crack the trading of heroin between Marseille, France and New York. Popeye is an old school cop who gives out beatings and doesn’t take any nonsense. As Popeye begins to follow the clues, shake down the informants and build his case he gets closer and closer to cracking the drug’s ring that is bringing in $32 million dollars worth of heroin.
The story consists of a boat-load of investigations,