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The Connection (1962)

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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Warren Finnerty ...
Leach
Jerome Raphael ...
Solly
Garry Goodrow ...
Ernie
Jim Anderson ...
Sam
Carl Lee ...
Cowboy
Barbara Winchester ...
Sister Salvation
Henry Proach ...
Harry
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J. J. Burden (as Roscoe Brown)
William Redfield ...
Jim Dunn
Freddie Redd ...
Piano Player
Jackie McLean ...
Sax player
Larry Richie ...
Drummer
Michael Mattos ...
Bass player
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Storyline

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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Men Held Captive By the Power Of Drugs

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11 December 1996 (France)  »

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$167,000 (estimated)
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The film was exhibited out of competition at Cannes in 1961. See more »

Quotes

Cowboy: Man, I believe anything that's illegal is illegal because it makes more money for more people that way.
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Dated, stagey but still good
19 August 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I don't know why anyone would call this realistic. It looks and feels like a play...the "acting", the overblown dialogue (almost Odets-like), etc. And unless you were a junkie in 1961, how would you know if it's realistic? And Sister Salvation? How could that possibly be real?! Noone is that clueless.

It's obviously dated for many reasons....the "lingo", the lack of serious profanity, the odd discussion of homosexuality.

Still, the film hooks you in...and I'm not exactly sure why. I guess it never really slows down. The camera tricks are cool, the band is great, some good dialogue. And the acting and characters are interesting, if not realistic.

Worth seeing...


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