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The French Connection ()


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A pair of NYPD detectives in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a heroin smuggling ring based in Marseilles, but stopping them and capturing their leaders proves an elusive goal.

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Doyle
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Alain Charnier
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Russo
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Sal Boca
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Pierre Nicoli
Frédéric de Pasquale ...
Henri Devereaux (as Frederic De Pasquale)
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Agent Bill Mulderig
Ann Rebbot ...
Marie Charnier
Harold Gary ...
Joel Weinstock
Arlene Farber ...
Angie Boca
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Capt. Walt Simonson
André Ernotte ...
La Valle (as Andre Ernotte)
Sonny Grosso ...
Agent Clyde Klein
Benny Marino ...
Lou Boca
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Harvey - Chemist (as Pat McDermott)
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Pusher
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Informant
Irving Abrahams ...
Irv - Police Mechanic
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Police Sergeant
William Coke ...
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The Three Degrees ...
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Bidder at New York Car Auction (uncredited)
Gilda Albertoni ...
Uncredited (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ...
Man (uncredited)
Frank Durk ...
News Cameraman (uncredited)
Rhina Ferrari ...
Woman at Airport (uncredited)
Sarina C. Grant ...
Hooker on the Street (uncredited)
Joe Lo Grippo ...
Tollbooth Collector (uncredited)
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Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Eric Jones ...
Little Boy (uncredited)
Gladys Lane ...
Mobster's Redhead Wife (uncredited)
Jean Luisi ...
French Undercover Detective (uncredited)
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Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Charles McGregor ...
Baldy - Bar Patron in Drug Raid (uncredited)
Lora Mitchell ...
Woman with Baby Carriage (uncredited)
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Bicycle Girl (uncredited)
Santos Morales ...
Street Thief Leader (uncredited)
Silvano Nolemi ...
Dock Worker (uncredited)
Burt Richards ...
Auction Bidder (uncredited)
Willy Switkes ...
Man (uncredited)
Fat Thomas ...
Mutchie (uncredited)
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Auctioneer (uncredited)

Directed by

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William Friedkin

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

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Philip D'Antoni ... producer
G. David Schine ... executive producer
Kenneth Utt ... associate producer

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Don Ellis ... (music composed by)

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Owen Roizman ... director of photography

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Gerald B. Greenberg ... film editor (as Jerry Greenberg)

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Norman Gay ... associate editor
Maurice Schell ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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Robert Weiner ... (casting)

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Ben Kasazkow ... (as Ben Kazaskow)

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Edward Garzero ... (as Ed Garzero)

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Joseph Fretwell III ... (costumes)

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Irving Buchman ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Paul Ganapoler ... unit production manager

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Terence A. Donnelly ... assistant director (as Terry Donnelly)
William C. Gerrity ... assistant director
Mishka Cheyko ... assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Rauch ... d.g.a. trainee (uncredited)
Ron Walsh ... assistant director (uncredited)
Dwight Williams ... dga trainee (uncredited)

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Thomas Wright ... property master (as Tom Wright)

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Christopher Newman ... sound (as Chris Newman)
Theodore Soderberg ... sound
Don Hall ... supervising sound editor (uncredited)

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Sass Bedig ... special effects

Stunts

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Bill Hickman ... stunt coordinator
Tony Amato Sr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Daniel Breton ... stunts (uncredited)
Cliff Cudney ... stunts (uncredited)
Harry Daley ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Finnegan ... stunts (uncredited)
George Fisher ... stunts (uncredited)
Gene Hackman ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hickman ... stunt double: Gene Hackman (uncredited) / stunt driver (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Fred J. Lincoln ... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... stunt driver (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Pronto ... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Stevens ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... stunt driver (uncredited)

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Enrique Bravo ... camera operator
Robert Ward ... key grip
William Ward ... chief electrician (as Billy Ward)
Sandy Brooke ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Gary Muller ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Tom Priestley Jr. ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Tom Volpe ... dolly grip (uncredited)

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Joseph W. Dehn ... wardrobe
Florence Foy ... wardrobe

Location Management

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Fat Thomas ... location consultant

Music Department

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Don Ellis ... music conducted by
John Bilezikjian ... musician: oud (uncredited)
Gene Cipriano ... musician (uncredited)
Kenneth Hall ... music editor (uncredited)
Richard Nash ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Emil Richards ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Tommy Tedesco ... musician: guitar (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Nicholas Sgarro ... script supervisor (as Nick Sgarro)

Additional Crew

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Eddie Egan ... technical consultant
Sonny Grosso ... technical consultant
Sue Dwiggins ... production secretary (uncredited)
Monroe Friedman ... unit publicist (uncredited)
James O'Neill ... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ralph S. Singleton ... production assistant (uncredited)
Richard D. Zanuck ... studio executive (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Popeye (United States)
  • Doyle (United States)
  • French Connection (France)
  • La filière (France)
  • French Connection - Brennpunkt Brooklyn (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 104 min
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Budget $1,800,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia According to William Friedkin, the significance of the straw hat being tossed onto the shelf of the rear window in Doyle and Russo's car was that at that time it was a universal signal in New York City that the undercover cops in the car were on duty. See more »
Goofs As Henri and his associate are waiting for the Lincoln at the garage, the police are literally tearing the car apart before finding the drugs. Shortly after finding the drugs, Henri is told his car is ready. It would have taken days to put the Lincoln back together and it would not be plausible for the police to find an exact duplicate of the car and replace the drugs in such short time. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode dated 23 January 1972 (1972). See more »
Soundtracks Everybody Gets to Go to the Moon See more »
Crazy Credits The 20th-Century Fox logo appears in black and white and then slowly dissolving to color. See more »
Quotes Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: You dumb guinea.
Buddy "Cloudy" Russo: How the hell did I know he had a knife.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Never trust a nigger.
Buddy "Cloudy" Russo: He could have been white.
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: Never trust anyone!
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