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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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Release Date:
21 May 1975 (USA) See more »
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 »
"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
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  (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
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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119 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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) | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (1975) | 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?

Whenever Fernando Rey is speaking French in the film, his voice is dubbed by a French actor.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Jimmy Doyle:Jack Daniel's.
French Barkeeper:Jacques qui?
Jimmy Doyle:Jackie, yeah, Jackie Daniel's.
French Barkeeper:?
Jimmy Doyle:Scotch, right there, El Scotcho.
French Barkeeper:Whisky?
Jimmy Doyle:Here we go.
French Barkeeper:Avec glace? (With ice?)
Jimmy Doyle:Yeah, in a glass.
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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Gritty Street-Wise Cop Action With Teeth, 12 November 2005
Author: Brian Soto from San Francisco, United States

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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