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French Connection II (1975)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 21 May 1975 (USA)
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"Popeye" Doyle travels to Marseille to find Alain Charnier, the drug smuggler who eluded him in New York.

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Alexander Jacobs (screenplay), Robert Dillon (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Doyle
Fernando Rey ... Alain Charnier
Bernard Fresson ... Barthélémy
Philippe Léotard ... Jacques (as Philippe Leotard)
Ed Lauter ... General Brian
Charles Millot Charles Millot ... Miletto
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Raoul (as Jean - Pierre Castaldi)
Cathleen Nesbitt ... 'The Old Lady' / The Old Lady
Samantha Llorens Samantha Llorens ... Denise
André Penvern ... Bartender
Reine Prat Reine Prat ... Young Girl on the Beach
Raoul Delfosse Raoul Delfosse ... Dutch Captain
Ham-Chau Luong Ham-Chau Luong ... Japanese Captain (as Ham Chau Luong)
Jacques Dynam ... Inspector Genevoix
Malek Kateb Malek Kateb ... Algerian Chief (as Malek Eddine)
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Storyline

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 Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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THE FRENCH CONNECTION was only the beginning-THIS is the climax See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

21 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Contacto en Francia II See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,340,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,484,444
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In planning the climactic chase in which Doyle pursues Charnier across Marseilles, director John Frankenheimer wasn't aware that Gene Hackman suffered from knee problems. Despite this, Hackman went ahead and filmed the entire chase without a double, badly inflaming his knee by the time he was through. He has said that Doyle's expressions of pain and determination as the chase progressed didn't require much acting. See more »

Goofs

During the first bar scene, Popeye Doyle's drink goes from a small shot to a nearly full glass and back again during his attempted conversation with the French bartender. See more »

Quotes

Alain Charnier: [the two are duck hunting] We should decide the matter of the rendezvous, a place to meet after you have made the delivery.
Brigidier General William Brian, Charnier's Accomplice: How's New York?
Alain Charnier: [laughs slightly] You know better than that, William. New York is hazardous to your health, at least to MY health. But it is an amusing city.
[shouts a command in French]
Brigidier General William Brian, Charnier's Accomplice: How did you do it,if it's not a secret?
Alain Charnier: Oh, it was very simple and very droll. 83 policemen wanted to talk to me, and 52 of them chose to talk to my money instead.I love a city where you ...
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Opening credits prologue: MARSEILLES See more »

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Referenced in Ronin: Through the Lens (1998) See more »

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Hooked
1 August 2006 | by FramescourerSee all my reviews

An outstanding sequel to Friedkin's celebrated original. Hackman's 'Popeye' Doyle continues his pursuit of Fernando Rey's drug lord Charnier in the latter's native France. Shot on location in Marseille, the film often has a feeling of latter-day spaghetti (onion?!) western with long spans of impenetrable, untitled French. Doyle's attempts to integrate himself personally and professionally into this alien town are as well handled as anything in the film.

The film deals in obsession and addiction. Just as the last film closes with Doyle abandoning reason to continue his pursuit, so this one develops this theme. Gene Hackman's bitter, awkward, tough-but-pitiful performance is the stuff of an Oscar winner who doesn't even know how to spell complacency.

John Frankenheimer does an almost impossible job very well in following Friedkin's visual temperament in support of Hackman. Marseille is filmed ruthlessly, grimy and crumbling. There is a great deal of hand-held work, culminating in extraordinary but judiciously used PoV shots in the final, remarkable chase. It's also an economical film, using unscripted action to advance the narrative. Artfully real but uncontrived, it's a very grown-up action thriller. 8/10


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