Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, ... See full summary »
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
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The heroin processing lab was built by the Corsican mafia, and was so realistic that the entire set had to be guarded by French police when it wasn't in being used by the film crew. The mafia also advised on the methods used by drug smugglers to get heroin in the US (concealing the drug in freighter weights) and, according to John Frankenheimer, organized the permits for the traffic jam during the chase at the end of the film. See more »
In the beginning of the movie, when Doyle arrives with his suitcases at the dock, a girl in a flowered dress and a boy in a yellow shirt run past him towards his right-hand side. In the next shot, when we see Doyle from the front, the same girl and boy are climbing up on a fence on his left-hand side. See more »
[Doyle doesn't speak French and is interrogating a suspect who doesn't speak English]
Jimmy 'Popey' Doyle:
I'm gonna take you right down in that alley there. Right down there. And we'll start, we'll start on your throat, right here. Bustin' everything in it. You like that, uh. Then your belly. I'll start workin' on your belly. I'm gonna hit you so fuckin' hard, that the belly's gonna break your backbone.
Je ne comprends pas.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle:
You compris that?
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle:
No, you don't understand, huh? Then I'm gonna work on your arms. I'm ...
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Gritty sequel hangs in the balance of being slightly superior
In this riveting, darkly dramatic sequel, Popeye Doyle (Hackman in one of his most overlooked performances) travels to Marseilles to track the elusive Alain "Frog One" Charnier (Fernando Rey), whom he failed to catch in New York City. Doyle is met with a French detective (Bernard Fresson) who resents his rough approach to case-solving, and a language he can't understand to save his life. In an ugly twist, the rogue detective is kidnapped by Frog One's men and forced to take heroin in a somewhat unsuccessful attempt to find out all he knows about the French Connection case. Successfully humiliated by Charnier, Doyle is put in isolation by the French police and goes through a brutal process of cold-turkey withdrawals from heroin. By now, Popeye is determined to kill the goons who forced him to become an addict. A fresh plot and gritty, realistic direction by John Frankenheimer make "French Connection II" worthy enough to be compared in merit to the original, despite the absence of Roy Scheider as Hackman's partner. Dark and dramatic, further allows depth and insight to Hackman's Popeye Doyle.
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