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French Connection II (1975)

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

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Cast

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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
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
The Old Lady
Samantha Llorens ...
Denise
André Penvern ...
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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SEK 2,091,208 (Sweden)
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Trivia

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 »

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During the first bar scene, Popeye Doyle's drink goes from a small shot to a nearly full glass and back again during his attempted conversation with the French bartender. See more »

Quotes

Brigidier General William Brian, Charnier's Accomplice: [in a restaurant,drinking wine] I wish this Blanc De Blanc would travel,I'd like to take twenty cases with me back to Washington.
Alain Charnier: All you Americans have that misconception.Wine will travel,it is people who have difficulty.
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1 August 2006 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

An outstanding sequel to Friedkin's celebrated original. Hackman's 'Popeye' Doyle continues his pursuit of Fernando Rey's drug lord Charnier in the latter's native France. Shot on location in Marseille, the film often has a feeling of latter-day spaghetti (onion?!) western with long spans of impenetrable, untitled French. Doyle's attempts to integrate himself personally and professionally into this alien town are as well handled as anything in the film.

The film deals in obsession and addiction. Just as the last film closes with Doyle abandoning reason to continue his pursuit, so this one develops this theme. Gene Hackman's bitter, awkward, tough-but-pitiful performance is the stuff of an Oscar winner who doesn't even know how to spell complacency.

John Frankenheimer does an almost impossible job very well in following Friedkin's visual temperament in support of Hackman. Marseille is filmed ruthlessly, grimy and crumbling. There is a great deal of hand-held work, culminating in extraordinary but judiciously used PoV shots in the final, remarkable chase. It's also an economical film, using unscripted action to advance the narrative. Artfully real but uncontrived, it's a very grown-up action thriller. 8/10


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