The French Connection ()

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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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Jimmy Doyle
Alain Charnier
Buddy Russo
Sal Boca
Pierre Nicoli
Frédéric de Pasquale ...
Devereaux (as Frederic De Pasquale)
Ann Rebbot ...
Marie Charnier
Harold Gary ...
Arlene Farber ...
Angie Boca
André Ernotte ...
La Valle (as Andre Ernotte)
Sonny Grosso ...
Benny Marino ...
Lou Boca
Chemist (as Pat McDermott)
Irving Abrahams ...
Police Mechanic
Police Sergeant
William Coke ...
The Three Degrees ...
The Three Degrees
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bidder at New York Car Auction (uncredited)
Gilda Albertoni ...
Uncredited (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ...
Man (uncredited)
Frank Durk ...
News Cameraman (uncredited)
Woman at Airport (uncredited)
Sarina C. Grant ...
Hooker on the Street (uncredited)
Joe Lo Grippo ...
Tollbooth Collector (uncredited)
Melonie Haller ...
Schoolgirl (uncredited)
Eric Jones ...
Little Boy (uncredited)
Gladys Lane ...
Mobster's Redhead Wife (uncredited)
Hotel Guest (uncredited)
Charles McGregor ...
Baldy - Bar Patron in Drug Raid (uncredited)
Lora Mitchell ...
Woman with Baby Carriage (uncredited)
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)
Auctioneer (uncredited)

Directed by

William Friedkin

Written by

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

Produced by

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

Music by

Don Ellis ... (music composed by)

Cinematography by

Owen Roizman ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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

Editorial Department

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

Casting By

Robert Weiner ... (casting)

Art Direction by

Ben Kasazkow ... (as Ben Kazaskow)

Set Decoration by

Edward Garzero ... (as Ed Garzero)

Costume Design by

Joseph Fretwell III ... (costumes)

Makeup Department

Irving Buchman ... makeup artist

Production Management

Paul Ganapoler ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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)

Art Department

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

Sound Department

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

Special Effects by

Sass Bedig ... special effects


Bill Hickman ... stunt coordinator
Tony Amato Sr. ... 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)

Camera and Electrical Department

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)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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

Location Management

Fat Thomas ... location consultant

Music Department

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

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

Additional Crew

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)
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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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Taglines The time is just right for an out and out thriller like this. See more »
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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

Trivia The early scene where Doyle and Russo chase down a drug dealer with Doyle dressed in a Santa Claus suit is based on a real-life tactic used by Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso. While on stakeouts in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Egan and Grosso discovered drug dealers could easily spot undercover cops, and would often flee the scene before the cops could arrest them. One Christmas, Egan came up with the idea of dressing in a Santa Claus suit, figuring the dealers would never suspect Santa Claus of being a cop. As depicted in the film, Egan walked the neighborhood streets as Santa Claus, singing Christmas carols with local kids. When he saw a deal going down, Egan sang "Jingle Bells" as a signal to his partners to move in and make the arrest. The tactic worked beautifully, and Egan and his partners made dozens of Christmas arrests over several years. 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 fades in in black and white and then dissolves to color. See more »
Quotes Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle: All right! You put a shiv in my partner. You know what that means? Goddammit! All winter long I got to listen to him gripe about his bowling scores. Now I'm gonna bust your ass for those three bags and I'm gonna nail you for picking your feet in Poughkeepsie.
[a few scenes later:]
Walt Simonson: Popeye. You still picking your feet in Poughkeepsie?
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