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The Connection (1961)

Not Rated | | Drama | 11 December 1996 (France)
A director tries to film a group of junkies in Leach's room while they are waiting for Cowboy to bring their heroin connection.

Director:

Shirley Clarke

Writers:

Jack Gelber (play), Jack Gelber (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Warren Finnerty ... Leach
Jerome Raphael Jerome Raphael ... Solly
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Ernie
Jim Anderson Jim Anderson ... Sam
Carl Lee Carl Lee ... Cowboy
Barbara Winchester Barbara Winchester ... Sister Salvation
Henry Proach Henry Proach ... Harry
Roscoe Lee Browne ... J. J. Burden (as Roscoe Browne)
William Redfield ... Jim Dunn
Freddie Redd Freddie Redd ... Piano Player
Jackie McLean Jackie McLean ... Sax player
Larry Richie Larry Richie ... Drummer
Michael Mattos Michael Mattos ... Bass player
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda Veras ... Siren
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Storyline

Eight drug addicts are waiting for their connection in a New York apartment belonging to Leach. Jim Dunn, a budding filmmaker, has agreed to pay for the fix if the addicts will allow him to film the connection scene. After the men get their shots, they talk Dunn into trying heroin in order to understand the subject "first hand." He becomes ill and while sleeping, Leach takes an overdose that puts him into a coma. Dunn recovers, with the aid of the connection, and writes off the film as a failure. Written by alfiehitchie

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Men Held Captive By the Power Of Drugs See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1996 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A kapcsolat See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$167,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Star Carl Lee and director Shirley Clarke were in a long term romantic relationship. See more »

Quotes

Cowboy: Man, I believe anything that's illegal is illegal because it makes more money for more people that way.
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In Defense...
24 June 1999 | by tuco-14See all my reviews

I'd like to clear up this jazz/heroin confusion (ignorance) that may stop you from watching this great film. Leach is the connection to Cowboy, and Cowboy is the connection to a dealer. The IMDb plot summary says that Cowboy is bringing "the connection" back to Leach's house, but he is really just bringing heroin. The fact that some of the people waiting for heroin are jazz musicians doesn't mean all jazz musicians were addicts, although most of the good ones were. With that said, I would advise any bee-bop fan to watch this film just for the amazing, and sole, footage of Blue Note heavies Jackie McLean and Freddie Redd. You will most likely also like the free-jazz directorial treatment of what was originally a stage play. The film also deserves credit for it's honest portrayal (in 1961!) of heroin addiction, neither glamorizing nor condemning it. The only problem I had was the slightly over-theatrical styles of some of the actors. Overacting did become the Leach character, however: "OHHH, MY BOIL!!!" If you liked "The Incident" or "The Pawnbroker," you'll like this one.


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