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French Connection II -- 'Popeye' Doyle travels to Marsailles to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler that eluded him in New York.

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Director:
Writers:
Alexander Jacobs (screenplay) and
Robert Dillon (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
21 May 1975 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(20 articles)
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 (From The Guardian - Film News. 21 December 2013, 4:06 PM, PST)

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Hooked See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Hackman ... Doyle

Fernando Rey ... Alain Charnier
Bernard Fresson ... Barthélémy
Philippe Léotard ... Jacques (as Philippe Leotard)

Ed Lauter ... General Brian
Charles Millot ... Miletto
Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Raoul (as Jean - Pierre Castaldi)
Cathleen Nesbitt ... 'The Old Lady' / 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)
Pierre Collet ... Old Pro
Alexandre Fabre ... Young Inspector
Jean-Pierre Zola ... Dumpy Policeman (as Jean - Pierre Zola)
Manu Pluton ... Murdered Arab (as Pluton)
Daniel Vérité ... 1st Guard Hotel Tangers
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Marc Allègre ... (uncredited)
Roland Blanche ... Arrested Man (uncredited)

Patrick Bouchitey ... (uncredited)
Philippe Brizard ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Paul Mercey ... Policeman (uncredited)

Hal Needham ... Doyle Kidnapper (uncredited)
Ambroise Perrin ... (uncredited)

Directed by
John Frankenheimer 
 
Writing credits
Alexander Jacobs (screenplay) and
Robert Dillon (screenplay) &
Laurie Dillon (screenplay)

Robert Dillon (story) &
Laurie Dillon (story)

Pete Hamill  uncredited

Produced by
Robert L. Rosen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Don Ellis 
 
Cinematography by
Claude Renoir (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tom Rolf 
 
Casting by
Margot Capelier 
 
Production Design by
Jacques Saulnier 
 
Set Decoration by
Charles Merangel  (as Charles Mérangel)
 
Makeup Department
Alex Archambault .... hairdressing
Alex Archambault .... makeup artist
Monique Archambault .... hairdressing
Monique Archambault .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
René Fargéas .... unit production manager (as René Fargeas)
Robert Fugier .... unit production manager
Pierre Saint-Blancat .... production manager (as Pierre Saint Blancat)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thierry Chabert .... assistant director
Gwen Field .... assistant director (as Gwen M. Field)
Marc Monnet .... second unit director
Bernard Stora .... assistant director
Pierre Tati .... assistant director (as Pierre Tatischeff)
 
Art Department
Daniel Braunschweig .... propman
 
Sound Department
Bernard Bats .... recording mixer
Don Hall .... sound effects editor
William Hartman .... sound effects editor
Edward Rossi .... sound effects editor
Theodore Soderberg .... rerecording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Logan Frazee .... special effects
 
Stunts
Hal Needham .... stunt coordinator
Odile Astie .... stunts (uncredited)
Dan Vieru .... stunts (uncredited)
Serge Wagner .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
Eugène Herrly .... key grip (as Eugene Herrly)
Charles-Henri Montel .... camera operator (as Charles - Henry Montel)
Serge Moritz .... stillman
Jacques Touillaud .... chief electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Pierre Nourry .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Catherine Kelber .... assistant film editor
George Trirogoff .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Don Ellis .... conductor
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
 
Other crew
Lucie Lichtig .... script supervisor
Robert Monosmith .... auditor
Gordon Arnell .... publicity director (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
119 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 (1988) | Finland:K-18 (1975) | France:12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Netherlands:16 (re-rating) | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating: additional material, audio commentary) (2008) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1997) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #24179) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Doyle's memorable cry of "Mickey Mantle sucks!" during the cold turkey sequence was the source of much trouble for the film makers and their legal department. Producer Robert L. Rosen had to track down Mickey Mantle to obtain his permission for the reference. After a long phone call, Rosen flew out to Mantle's home in Dallas with a print of the film, which was screened for him and his lawyer. When Gene Hackman uttered the line, Mantle surprised Rosen not only by roaring with laughter but also insisting that they watched the rest of the film because both he and his lawyer were enjoying it so much. Mantle later happily signed a release waiver and the line stayed in the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Alain Charnier:[the two are duck hunting] We should decide the matter of the rendezvous, a place to meet after you have made the delivery.
Brigidier General William Brian, Charnier's Accomplice:How's New York?
Alain Charnier:[laughs slightly] You know better than that, William. New York is hazardous to your health, at least to MY health. But it is an amusing city.
[shouts a command in French]
Brigidier General William Brian, Charnier's Accomplice:How did you do it,if it's not a secret?
Alain Charnier:Oh, it was very simple and very droll. 83 policemen wanted to talk to me, and 52 of them chose to talk to my money instead.I love a city where you always know where you stand.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Pale Blue Balloons (2008)See more »

FAQ

Who were the five people killed that Barthélémy refers to?
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26 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Hooked, 1 August 2006
Author: Framescourer from London, UK

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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