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The French Connection -- A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.
The French Connection -- Detectives Doyle and Russo shakedown a bar where they have an informant.
The French Connection -- Interview: Gene Hackman "on filming the car scene"
The French Connection -- Detective Russo goes to Popeye's apartment and finds him handcuffed to his bed.
The French Connection -- The detectives find drugs hidden in the rocker panels of a car.

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Director:
Writers:
Ernest Tidyman (screenplay)
Robin Moore (based on the book by)
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Release Date:
9 October 1971 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The time is just right for an out and out thriller like this. See more »
Plot:
A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 21 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An enjoyable cop thriller with plenty of good touches and an unmistakably 1970's feel See more (263 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Jimmy Doyle

Fernando Rey ... Alain Charnier

Roy Scheider ... Buddy Russo

Tony Lo Bianco ... Sal Boca
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Pierre Nicoli
Frédéric de Pasquale ... Devereaux (as Frederic De Pasquale)

Bill Hickman ... Mulderig
Ann Rebbot ... Marie Charnier
Harold Gary ... Weinstock
Arlene Farber ... Angie Boca
Eddie Egan ... Simonson
André Ernotte ... La Valle (as Andre Ernotte)

Sonny Grosso ... Klein
Benny Marino ... Lou Boca
Patrick McDermott ... Chemist (as Pat McDermott)
Alan Weeks ... Pusher
Al Fann ... Informant
Irving Abrahams ... Police Mechanic
Randy Jurgensen ... Police Sergeant
William Coke ... Motorman
The Three Degrees ... The Three Degrees
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Adonis ... Bidder at New York Car Auction (uncredited)
Gilda Albertoni ... Uncredited (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Man (uncredited)
Rhina Ferrari ... Woman at Airport (uncredited)
Sarina C. Grant ... Hooker on the Street (uncredited)
Joe Lo Grippo ... Tollbooth Collector (uncredited)
Melonie Haller ... Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Eric Jones ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Charles McGregor ... Baldy - Bar Patron in Drug Raid (uncredited)
Lora Mitchell ... Woman with Baby Carriage (uncredited)

Maureen Mooney ... Bicycle Girl (uncredited)
Silvano Nolemi ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Burt Richards ... Auction Bidder (uncredited)
Fat Thomas ... Mutchie (uncredited)
Robert Weil ... Auctioneer (uncredited)

Directed by
William Friedkin 
 
Writing credits
Ernest Tidyman (screenplay)

Robin Moore (based on the book by)

Howard Hawks  uncredited

Produced by
Philip D'Antoni .... producer
G. David Schine .... executive producer
Kenneth Utt .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Don Ellis (music composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Owen Roizman (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg (film editor) (as Jerry Greenberg)
 
Casting by
Robert Weiner (casting)
 
Art Direction by
Ben Kasazkow  (as Ben Kazaskow)
 
Set Decoration by
Edward Garzero  (as Ed Garzero)
 
Costume Design by
Joseph Fretwell III (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Paul Ganapoler .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence A. Donnelly .... assistant director (as Terry Donnelly)
William C. Gerrity .... assistant director
Ron Walsh .... first assistant director (uncredited)
Dwight Williams .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Thomas Wright .... property master (as Tom Wright)
 
Sound Department
Christopher Newman .... sound (as Chris Newman)
Theodore Soderberg .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Sass Bedig .... special effects
 
Stunts
Bill Hickman .... stunt coordinator
Cliff Cudney .... stunts (uncredited)
George Fisher .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunt double: Gene Hackman (uncredited)
Bill Hickman .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Pronto .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Stevens .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator
Robert Ward .... key grip
William Ward .... chief electrician (as Billy Ward)
Sandy Brooke .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Muller .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Tom Priestley Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph W. Dehn .... wardrobe
Florence Foy .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Norman Gay .... associate editor
Brent Eldridge .... colorist (digital color correction) (uncredited)
Maurice Schell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Don Ellis .... music conducted by
Gene Cipriano .... musician (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Eddie Egan .... technical consultant
Sonny Grosso .... technical consultant
Nicholas Sgarro .... script supervisor (as Nick Sgarro)
Fat Thomas .... location consultant
Sue Dwiggins .... production secretary (uncredited)
Monroe Friedman .... unit publicist (uncredited)
James O'Neill .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ralph S. Singleton .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
104 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (special edition) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (special edition) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (1972) | Peru:18 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) | USA:R (PCA #23054) | West Germany:16 (bw)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to William Friedkin, the significance of the straw hat being tossed onto the shelf of the rear window in Doyle and Russo's car was that at that time it was a universal signal in New York City that the undercover cops in the car were on duty.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In one of the chases on foot, Popeye removes his coat and hat. The next shot shows him coming down some stairs with his coat and hat on.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle:Merry Christmas. What's your name, little boy?
Little Boy:Eric.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle:Uh-huh, Eric. What do you want for Christmas Eric? Hmmm?
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Jingle BellsSee more »

FAQ

What does Popeye mean when he calls Charnier "Frog One"?
Why does Popeye keep hammering Willy with the "pick your feet Poughkeepsie" line?
How did they put the car back together so fast after ripping it apart?
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23 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable cop thriller with plenty of good touches and an unmistakably 1970's feel, 31 January 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Following a mix of hunches and leads, two tough NYPD narcotic cops set up surveillance on a candy store in the belief that the owners of the store are somehow involved in drug dealing on the side. Putting the squeeze on the store leads them to a couple of new people, specifically a smooth French criminal called Alain Charnier who is trying to orchestrate a massive drug sale in New York. The pressure looks like bringing success to Detectives Doyle and Russo, but Charnier's organisation has tight time targets and decides to take action to remove the heat from the job.

Sometimes with "classic" films it is easy to get sucked into the hype and reputation and just love it before you have even seen it; for that reason, although I have seen it several times, I decided to give it a fresh viewing before I dared try to write my thoughts on it – it finished ten minutes ago, so my memory is still fresh. Although I feel that it has remained well known thanks to "that" car chase, I think that recalling only that scene is to do a disservice to a film that is an enjoyable thriller in a tough, typically 1970's mould. The plot sees a minor hunch turn into a bigger police job and it would be easy to pick holes in some of the logic within it, it still grips and provides a nicely gritty cop thriller. It isn't as clever or as original as those coming to it on the back of its reputation might expect it to be, as it does pretty much what the rest of the genre does. Now I'll be fair and acknowledge that I don't know whether this film was the first to create this type of film or if it was just part of the development of them, but certainly watching it now it does blend in with others in the same genre.

The direction makes it better than the material as Friedkin injects real tension and grit into the story keeping it exciting while also being rather sombre and low-key. The acting also makes it and, rightly, Hackman carries much of the film with a great performance as Doyle. Grizzled, bigoted and apparently heartless, it is interesting to contrast his character with Rey's Charnier, who is much cooler and effective. Scheider is, as always, reliable in support and he gives a good performance throughout while the rest of the cast play their roles well enough. There is no doubt though, that Hackman is the heart of the film and his performance reflects this and makes the audience emotionally involved with his story from the very start.

Overall this is a great 1970's cop thriller with all that comes with that genre. It is enjoyably gritty and fast paced with "heroes" of questionable morality and smooth criminals. People will always hark on about that car chase and, yes, it is good, but there is more to this film and it stands out as one of the best of the genre.

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