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The Connection (2014)

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The Connection is a movie starring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, and Céline Sallette. A French police magistrate spends years trying to take down one of the country's most powerful drug rings.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Pierre Michel
... Gaëtan 'Tany' Zampa
... Jacqueline Michel
... Christiane Zampa
... Le Fou
... José Alvarez
... Le Banquier
... Gaston Deferre
... Franky Manzoni
Pierre Lopez ... Jean Paci
Eric Collado ... Robert
Cyril Lecomte ... Marco Da Costa
Jean-Pierre Sanchez ... Fabrizio Mandonato
Georges Neri ... Charles Peretti
Martial Bezot ... Le Gitan


A French police magistrate spends years trying to take down one of the country's most powerful drug rings.

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Marseille 1975. To stop a dangerous drug lord, you need a dangerous cop. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Gaumont [France]




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Release Date:

15 May 2015 (USA)  »

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The Connection  »


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$26,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Superb Period Drama – the real 'French Connection'
18 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is the other half of the story of seventies classic - 'The French Connection. Jean Dujardin ('The Artist') plays Magistrate Pierre Michel who in 1974 gets promoted to deal with organised crime in Marseilles. Gilles Lellouche ('Mea Culpa' and 'Mesrine') plays the drugs uber lord 'Tany' – who rules with an iron fist and any other implement that can come to hand. He runs a crime network that includes night clubs, casinos and restaurants and will do anything to keep what he has and make tons more cash

This is one of those times when crims made so much money that they could buy their way out of trouble – even before they were in it. So inevitably Michel has more than the crooks to do battle with. It follows the story from the mid seventies and into the eighties and it is one helluva ride.

The period detail is excellent, the cars, fashions and the music are all spot one – even the decor. There is violence and plenty of potty mouth goings on, but it is all in context. It is also a stylish film that means that most shots are great to look at as well as being intensely entertaining. This is a film that should get a lot more attention and if you are a stranger to French cinema it may be a good one to start with to see just how well they can make them.

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