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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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Unnecessary but still very good sequel. See more (70 total) »


  (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?

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 »
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 »
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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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Unnecessary but still very good sequel., 5 February 2005
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

The masterpiece that "The French Connection" was and still is, never needed a sequel. "The French Connection" and its mysterious ending were fine as it was. "French Connection II" focuses on 'Popeye' Doyle who takes revenge on the drug smuggler Alain Charnier, not in New York this time but Marseille, France. It's unnecessary all but still this movie is a very good one!

Although the visual style is pretty much similar as in "The French Connection" the movie here relies more on a faster pace and also has just a bit more action, thanks to action specialist director John Frankenheimer. The atmosphere however is not as good, simply because Marseille, although it has its charm, simply ain't no New York.

I also really missed 'Cloudy' Russo in this movie. Sure, 'Popeye' Doyle's character is strong enough to carry the entire movie but he just ain't the same without 'Cloudy' by his side.

There are more than enough good moments that make up for these losses, the ending for example is really brilliant and I absolutely loved it!

Once you've seen "The French Connection" this isn't really a must see but nevertheless, it's a very good movie and perfectly watchable.


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Inconsistences about how Charnier is portraied on the first films. rafaelgarciagonzalez01
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