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The Connection (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 December 1996 (France)
A director tries to film a group of junkies in Leach's room while they are waiting for Cowboy to bring their heroin connection.



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Credited cast:
Warren Finnerty ...
Jerome Raphael ...
Garry Goodrow ...
Jim Anderson ...
Carl Lee ...
Barbara Winchester ...
Sister Salvation
Henry Proach ...
J. J. Burden (as Roscoe Brown)
Jim Dunn
Freddie Redd ...
Piano Player
Jackie McLean ...
Sax player
Larry Richie ...
Michael Mattos ...
Bass player
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Eight drug addicts are waiting for their connection in a New York apartment belonging to Leach. Jim Dunn, a budding filmmaker, has agreed to pay for the fix if the addicts will allow him to film the connection scene. After the men get their shots, they talk Dunn into trying heroin in order to understand the subject "first hand." He becomes ill and while sleeping, Leach takes an overdose that puts him into a coma. Dunn recovers, with the aid of the connection, and writes off the film as a failure. Written by alfiehitchie

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$167,000 (estimated)

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Star Carl Lee and director Shirley Clarke were in a long term romantic relationship. See more »


Cowboy: Man, I believe anything that's illegal is illegal because it makes more money for more people that way.
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Referenced in Inside the Actors Studio: Martin Scorsese (2002) See more »

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22 January 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a very difficult film, austere and hard, but after about ten minutes you can calibrate yourself to its rhythm, which is slow -- or, not so much slow as not fast, with extremely long takes in a one-room setting. The film, which is about a group of jazz musicians waiting for "the connection" (heroin) in an apartment, is essentially a filmed piece of experimental theater; it's very interesting, I think, and valuable for its honest portrayals of blacks (not all of the characters are black, but those who are are allowed to give equal amounts of monologues to the camera). The film itself, which is a product of the beat culture, is an experiment in subtle documentary satire -- the film is a film that's being made by a documentarian and his camera assistant; the documentarian becomes involved in the "film" himself by interacting with the musicians, trying to get them to act naturally for the camera by saying he's one of them, that he "reads" them. (The film is also a kind of Method film in the sense that the performances are strained and melodramatic -- the main character who owns the apartment has a boil that makes him scream at a few points -- and that everything is about the documentarian retaining emotional truth.) As the documentarian gets involved with the group (and after the connection arrives, with a female religious preacher in toe), the film feels almost like a public service announcement. It's a really fascinating document. 9/10

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