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French Connection II (1975)

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

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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 ...
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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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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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In planning the climactic chase in which Doyle pursues Charnier across Marseilles, director John Frankenheimer wasn't aware that Gene Hackman suffered from knee problems. Despite this, Hackman went ahead and filmed the entire chase without a double, badly inflaming his knee by the time he was through. He has said that Doyle's expressions of pain and determination as the chase progressed didn't require much acting. See more »

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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 »

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Jimmy Doyle: Ah, food. What do you do, cremate the fuckin' thing? D'you cremate it? Not enough ketchup and where's the mayo, mayonnaise, mayonnaise! Mayo, mayo, mayo, mayo, watch my fuckin mouth: MAYO!
French policeman: Mayo.
Jimmy Doyle: Mayo, right, and relish. Relish, relish.
French policeman: [proving that a word simple as this can be easily pronounced with a French accent] Relish.
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Good sequel with excellent acting by Gene Hackman and splendid support cast
23 September 2005 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

The movie concerns on Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), an unorthodox New York narcotics cop investigating the flow of drug that follows the trail of the French connection . He travels to Marsaille following the foreign connection and tries to track down the evil Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) , the smuggling ring chief , who escaped from N.Y.C. There, he joins forces to the French gendarmes (Bernard Fresson and Jean Pierre Castaldi , among others) to hunt down the ringleader .

The picture is the follow-up to ¨French Connection¨(by William Friedkin) but didn't obtain the same success and was a flop at box office . However , being nowadays considered a very good film and highly rated . In the movie there are action , suspense , violence , intrigue and a little bit of humor in charge of Popeye Doyle , as he begins to find himself as a fish out of water in France and particularly on his relationships with the French people . The film develops a certain social critical to the French habits and there's specially a banter to the Police called Gendarmerie . The motion picture has action-packed but in the intervening period when the starring is abducted , it results to be a little bit boring , with overlong scenes, besides quite disagreeable as when Popeye is injected heroin . Gene Hackman's interpretation as the rebel and nonconformist Popeye Doyle is top notch as well as the previous film for that reason gained deservedly an Academy Award . Fernando Rey repeats perfectly his role as the elegant and cunning nasty and the secondary casting formed by French actors are very fine . The picture was stunningly directed by John Frankenheimer. Rating : Very good and well worth watching.


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