New York narcotics detective Popeye Doyle follows the trail of the French connection smuggling ring to France where he teams up with the gendarmes to hunt down the ringleader.Written by
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When this film opened in Britain, some four months after its American opening, it was, most oddly, advertised, not as "French Connection II", but as "The French Connection, Number 2", and was referred to as such in several reviews (some of which even commented on the title change). However, British moviegoers who went to see the film discovered that the title was actually still "French Connection II", with Roman numerals and no definite article. It has always been referred to by its proper title when shown on television, as well in its video and DVD versions. See more »
In the first bar scene, Popeye Doyle eats an egg that changes from partially eaten to whole again and back again while he tries to talk to the French girls. See more »
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle:
I'll tell you what I found out. I found out that you eat shit, you fucking frog, you! You goddamn scumbag, you!
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For the first few showings of the film, it was approximately 8 minutes longer. 20th Century Fox took out a couple of scenes without director John Frankenheimer's consent. One scene involved Doyle and the girl who played beach volleyball. This footage has yet to be found, and was not included on the 2001 DVD release. See more »
The French Connection II is a decent flick - the problem lies in the fact that the first film was so damn good that it was always going to be very hard to match, let alone beat.
Gene Hackman reprises 'Popeye' Doyle. He travels to Marseilles in pursuit of 'Frog One' - Alain Charnier, who eluded him in the 1971 original. He encounters indifference from French coppers, language difficulties and forced drug addiction/withdrawl. More of a drama than an action film, although his final foot chase is gripping.
Roy Scheider is sorely missed. He can be excused though - he was making Jaws in '75! :-)
All round - a decent film but don't expect the same highs it's predecessor provided.
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