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French Connection II (1975)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 21 May 1975 (USA)
"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bernard Fresson ...
Philippe Léotard ...
Jacques (as Philippe Leotard)
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General Brian
Charles Millot ...
Miletto
Jean-Pierre Castaldi ...
Raoul (as Jean - Pierre Castaldi)
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
'The Old Lady' / The Old Lady
Samantha Llorens ...
Denise
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Bartender
Reine Prat ...
Young Girl on the Beach
Raoul Delfosse ...
Dutch Captain
Ham-Chau Luong ...
Japanese Captain (as Ham Chau Luong)
Jacques Dynam ...
Inspector Genevoix
Malek Kateb ...
Algerian Chief (as Malek Eddine)
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Storyline

New York narcotics detective Popeye Doyle follows the trail of the French connection smuggling ring to France where he teams up with the gendarmes to hunt down the ringleader. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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What happens when you're a N.Y. cop sent to France to bust a dope ring and... You can't speak French. The French cops hate you. Your own people have set you up... YOU EXPLODE! See more »


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21 May 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Contacto en Francia II  »

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$4,340,000 (estimated)
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When this film opened in Britain, some four months after its American opening, it was, most oddly, advertised, not as "French Connection II", but as "The French Connection, Number 2", and was referred to as such in several reviews (some of which even commented on the title change). However, British moviegoers who went to see the film discovered that the title was actually still "French Connection II", with Roman numerals and no definite article. It has always been referred to by its proper title when shown on television, as well in its video and DVD versions. See more »

Goofs

In the first bar scene, Popeye Doyle eats an egg that changes from partially eaten to whole again and back again while he tries to talk to the French girls. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: [drunk] You know, I had a tryout with the Yankees. You know what the Yankees are?
Inspector Henri Barthelemy: Yes. As in "Yankee go home."
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Yeah. NO! No, uh... Uh... no, the Yankee baseball... baseball team. Yeah, I had a tryout with them and... they sent me down to the... the minors. And the poblem... poblem... problem was that... there was a fuckin' kid there, and he was... the fastest bastard, he was fuckin' FAST. And he... he played shortstop at the time, and he... he could hit the ball a fuckin' ton. A fuckin' TON! You...
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Gritty Street-Wise Cop Action With Teeth
12 November 2005 | by (San Francisco, United States) – See all my reviews

The French Connection and its sequel are the Grandfather to such classics as To Live and Die in L.A., Copland, and Narc, and the anti-thesis of all of those 80's flops either far too "Hollywood" or far too "by the book". Hackman is still the "knock down, drag out", shoot first ask later 2-fisted narc that doesn't know what Miranda means that he was in part I, but with a change of scenery that takes him across the pond. The terrain has changed, but the raw unadulterated character acting of Hackman still makes it one hell of a roller coaster ride.

Rife with dirty cops, drug smugglers, and French thugs, this movies direction and writing reminds instantly that it is part of the production catalyst that would later see series like The Shield have such success in prime time TV. The 70's rarely pulled punches when it came to top billed cop movies, starting with Dirty Harry, the original French Connection and then snowballing into classics like Serpico. The French Connection II is no exception. This movie won't disappoint any fan of either the original, or anyone that wanted to see for themselves Gene Hackman carrying a lead action role almost through the screen.


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