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Popeye Doyle (1986)

While Popeye Doyle (Ed ONeill) is investigating what appears to be a very simple drug overdose, he becomes involved in international intrigue. The Mosad and various other foreign diplomatic... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ed O'Neill ... Popeye Doyle
Matthew Laurance ... Tony Parese
James Handy ... Lieutenant Gregory Paulus
Candy Clark ... Corinne Evans
George De La Pena ... Itan Kellerman / The Shadow
Audrey Landers ... Jill Anneyard
Nicholas Kadi ... Auram Bardas / The Weasel
Elias Zarou ... Fahoud Nazzim
Gary Tacon Gary Tacon ... Deli Bandit #1
Phil Neilson Phil Neilson ... Deli Bandit #2
Elizabeth Lennie Elizabeth Lennie ... Toni
Peter Virgile Peter Virgile ... Pretty Boy
Richard Monette Richard Monette ... Patrick Henley
S.J. Fellowes S.J. Fellowes ... Nurse #1
Guy Sanvido Guy Sanvido ... Sammy


While Popeye Doyle (Ed ONeill) is investigating what appears to be a very simple drug overdose, he becomes involved in international intrigue. The Mosad and various other foreign diplomatic figures turn up everywhere he goes. The drug overdose becomes a very involved murder case. Written by Richard Jones <rjo339@swbell.net>

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Release Date:

7 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Det börjar med mord! See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


An unsold TV pilot based on the character from The French Connection (1971). See more »


When Weasel is stalking Popeye through the abandoned building, his shoes make the distinct crisp sound of leather but he is wearing sneakers which would have made no sound. See more »


Follows The French Connection (1971) See more »


American Chaser
Written by Molly Johnson & Norman Orenstein
Performed by Alta Moda
Courtesy of Current Records
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Before Al Bundy
22 January 2007 | by dgz78See all my reviews

The French Connection with Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider is pure gold. Unfortunately, this TV pilot based on the original is not nearly as valuable.

The best part of this movie is seeing Ed O'Neil pre-Married With Children take in a role that Hackman had made his own. O'Neil is not as good as Hackman but then he doesn't have Friedkin directing him or Roy Scheider supporting him.

O'Neil is raw here but it would have been interesting to see what he could have done had he not gotten typecast (and wealthy) as Al Bundy. You have to give O'Neil credit for playing a character he knew would be unfavorably compared to to the original. He doesn't chew the scenes the way Hackman did but he does put his own, more laid-back take on the only character in movie history that asks about toe picking in Poughkeepsie.

O'Neil is the only reason to watch this movie since the plot and other actors are fairly pedestrian. It's not available on DVD which is good because I wouldn't recommend it as a purchase or a rental but you can catch it on Fox Movie channel once in a while. You'll always wonder what Al Bundy could have done had he carried a gun.

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