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The French Connection (1971)

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A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection.

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William Friedkin

Writers:

Ernest Tidyman (screenplay by), Robin Moore (based on the book by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Jimmy Doyle
Fernando Rey ... Alain Charnier
Roy Scheider ... Buddy Russo
Tony Lo Bianco ... Sal Boca
Marcel Bozzuffi ... Pierre Nicoli
Frédéric de Pasquale Frédéric de Pasquale ... Devereaux (as Frederic De Pasquale)
Bill Hickman ... Mulderig
Ann Rebbot Ann Rebbot ... Marie Charnier
Harold Gary Harold Gary ... Weinstock
Arlene Farber Arlene Farber ... Angie Boca
Eddie Egan ... Simonson
André Ernotte André Ernotte ... La Valle (as Andre Ernotte)
Sonny Grosso Sonny Grosso ... Klein
Benny Marino Benny Marino ... Lou Boca
Patrick McDermott ... Chemist (as Pat McDermott)
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Storyline

William Friedkin's gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between 'Popeye' Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier, a suave and urbane gentleman who is nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America. During the surveillance and eventual bust, Friedkin provides one of the most gripping and memorable car chase sequences ever filmed. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Doyle is bad news - but a good cop. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 October 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doyle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$51,700,000, 31 December 1973
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Don Ellis' first film score. It only runs to 22 minutes of the film's running time. See more »

Goofs

When Popeye first follows Charnier down the subway steps, Charnier tricks Popeye by quickly leaving through the exit. Popeye rips his coat and hat off in an attempt to disguise himself, and races back up the subway steps to the street. We cut to a shot of Charnier walking with his cane, and then cut back to Popeye with his coat, gloves, scarf, and hat back on and buttoned up. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Merry Christmas. What's your name, little boy?
Little Boy: Eric.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Uh-huh, Eric. What do you want for Christmas Eric? Hmmm?
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A "special edition" of The French Connection features several scenes that never made the final cut of the movie. One of these scenes has actor Marcel Bozzuffi being whipped by a topless hooker in his New York City hotel room. The trivia here is that the hooker is played by actress Darby Lloyd Rains who, several years later, would become one of the earliest stars of the adult film industry in such releases as Naked Came the Stranger. See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
[Played on piano at the restaurant where Charnier and Nicoli dine]
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Classic thriller with an excellent Gene Hackman with an Oscar winning performance
19 September 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This famous movie concerns on ¨Popeye Doyle¨(Gene Hackman)an unorthodox narcotics undercover police following the Marsella French connection about a smuggling ring connected with a New York crook (Tony LoBianco).He teams up with cop Buddy Russo, ¨Cloudy¨(Roy Scheider)following the trail to hunt down the ringleader named Alain Charnier(Fernando Rey), a suave gentleman but astute baddie, and his hoodlum(Marcel Bozzuffi).

In this highly rated film there are noisy action, suspense, thriller, violence and is extremely entertaining.Gene Hackman as the rebel and nonconformist Popeye is magnificent,he won a deserved Academy Award .His nemesis, Fernando Rey as the drug smuggler, plays perfectly his role as the cunning and elegant villain. Furthermore a splendid support cast as Roy Scheider, Tony LoBianco, Marcel Bozuffi, among others. The film contains one of the best car chases ever shot with another prize for the editor( Greenberg) and one of the most gripping pursuits between Popeye Doyle and Alain Charnier. Aproppiate and realistic cinematography by Owen Roizman, Friedkin's usual cameraman(The Exorcist) and adequate music score by Don Ellis. Interesting screenplay by Ernest Tidyman , an expert writer about thrillers and action movies( Shaft). This is a great film, professionally directed by William Friedkin and so is its sequel ¨French connection II ¨ by John Frankenheimer and again with Gene Hackman and Fernando Rey. Rating : Above average and well worth seeing but is an authentic classic movie.


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