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The Connection (2014)

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


Cédric Jimenez


Audrey Diwan (screenplay), Cédric Jimenez (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Dujardin ... Pierre Michel
Gilles Lellouche ... Gaëtan 'Tany' Zampa
Céline Sallette ... Jacqueline Michel
Mélanie Doutey ... Christiane Zampa
Benoît Magimel ... Le Fou
Guillaume Gouix ... José Alvarez
Bruno Todeschini ... Le Banquier
Féodor Atkine ... Gaston Deferre
Moussa Maaskri ... Franky Manzoni
Pierre Lopez Pierre Lopez ... Jean Paci
Eric Collado Eric Collado ... Robert
Cyril Lecomte Cyril Lecomte ... Marco Da Costa
Jean-Pierre Sanchez Jean-Pierre Sanchez ... Fabrizio Mandonato
Georges Neri Georges Neri ... Charles Peretti
Martial Bezot 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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New York's drug war comes home. See more »


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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A stylish thriller revisiting classic territory
7 June 2015 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

In the late 1960s and early 1970s drugs were flowing from Marseille to New York in a sophisticated and sustained operation. The Americans made two movies about the racket: "The French Connection" (1971) set in New York and "The French Connection II" (1975) located in Marseiiles, in both cases with Gene Hackman famously playing the police crime-buster. French cinema too has had two cracks at telling the story: first with "The Judge" (1984) and then with "The Connection" ("La French" in French) in 2014.

In the French films, the hero is not a policeman but a magistrate, in "The Connection" played by played by Jean Dujardin, best known outside France for his performance in the silent film "The Artist". The role of the chief criminal is taken by Gilles Lelouche. There is a short scene where the two meet alone which is reminiscent of the cafe scene between Al Pacino and Robert de Niro in "Heat". "The Connection" is not one of the the classics like "The French Connection" and "Heat" but it is a stylish, if clichéd, thriller with hand-held camera-work and atmospheric soundtrack adding to the impact.

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Release Date:

15 May 2015 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,335, 17 May 2015

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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