French Connection

French Connection

Director: William Friedkin Cast: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider

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This gritty, fast-paced, and innovative police drama earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (written by Ernest Tidyman), and Best Actor (Gene Hackman). Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Hackman) and his partner, Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider), are New York City police detectives on narcotics detail, trying to track down the source of heroin from Europe into the United States. Suave Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) is the French drug kingpin who provides a large percentage of New York City's dope, and Pierre Nicoli (Marcel Bozzuffi) is a hired killer and Charnier's right-hand man. Acting on a hunch, Popeye and Buddy start tailing Sal Boca (Tony Lo Bianco) and his wife, Angie (Arlene Faber), who live pretty high for a couple whose corner store brings in about 7,000 dollars a year. It turns out Popeye's suspicions are right -- Sal and Angie are the New York agents for Charnier, who will be smuggling 32 million dollars' worth of heroin into the city in a car shipped over from France. The French Connection broke plenty of new ground for screen thrillers; Popeye Doyle was a highly unusual "hero," an often violent, racist, and mean-spirited cop whose dedication to his job fell just short of dangerous obsession. The film's high point, a high-speed car chase with Popeye tailing an elevated train, was one of the most viscerally exciting screen moments of its day and set the stage for dozens of action sequences to follow. And the film's grimy realism (and downbeat ending) was a big change from the buff-and-shine gloss and good-guys-always-win heroics of most police dramas that preceded it. The French Connection was inspired by a true story, and Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, Popeye and Buddy's real life counterparts, both have small roles in the film. A sequel followed four years later.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2006
UPC: 0024543225812
Original Release: 1971
Rating: R
Source: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 2,967

Special Features

Closed Caption; Scene specifiec commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider; Director's commentary by William Friedkin; Original theatrical trailer; "Making the Connection: The Untold Stories" - behind the scenes documentary; "Poughkeepsie Shuffle" BBC documentary; Deleted scenes documentary hosted by William Friedkin (contains 7 deleted scenes); Still gallery; Trailers (The French Connection & French Connection II

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gene Hackman Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle
Fernando Rey Alain Charnier
Roy Scheider Buddy Russo
Tony Lo Bianco Sal Boca
Marcel Bozzuffi Pierre Nicoli
Frederic de Pasquale Devereaux
Irving Abrahams Police Mechanic
Andre Emotte La Valle
Arlene Faber Angie Boca
Ben Marino Lou Boca
Patrick McDermott Chemist
Three Degrees Themselves
Eddie Egan Walter Simonson
Al Fann Informant
Randy Jurgensen Police Sergeant
William Coke Motorman
Maureen Mooney Bicycle Girl
Robert Weil Auctioneer
Bill Hickman Mulderig
Ann Rebbot Marie Charnier
Harold Gary Weinstock
Sonny Grosso Klein
Alan Weeks Drug Pusher
Don Ellis Conductor

Technical Credits
William Friedkin Director
Sass Bedig Special Effects
Irving Buchman Makeup
Phil D'Antoni Asst. Director,Producer
Terry Donnelly Asst. Director
Don Ellis Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Joseph Fretwell Costumes/Costume Designer
Ed Garzero Set Decoration/Design
William C. Gerrity Asst. Director
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Sonny Grosso Special Effects
Bill Hickman Stunts
Ben Kasazkow Art Director
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
G. David Schine Executive Producer
Theodore Soderberg Sound/Sound Designer
Ernest Tidyman Screenwriter
Kenneth Utt Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The French Connection
1. Main Titles [:02]
2. A Death in Marseilles [:14]
3. A Bust in Brooklyn [:40]
4. The Frenchman [:34]
5. A Table Full of Suspects [2:02]
6. The Tail [3:50]
7. Alain's New Partner [:50]
8. Sal & Angie [1:28]
9. Popeye's Here [4:57]
10. The Shipment [1:38]
11. Devereaux in New York [4:17]
12. A Good Cop [2:27]
13. The Car Auction [1:02]
14. The Wiretap [1:44]
15. Following Boca [3:39]
16. Tailling the Frenchmen [3:22]
17. 89% Pure Junk [1:38]
18. Following Frog One [4:51]
19. A Meeting in Washington [1:37]
20. Off the Case [:58]
21. Sniper [3:27]
22. The Chase [2:03]
23. Face-to-Face [4:26]
24. The Brown Lincoln [3:04]
25. Tear it Apart [3:34]
26. 120 Pounds [:36]
27. No More Favors [3:01]
28. The Transaction [:52]
29. Surrounded [1:58]
30. Closing In [1:15]
31. The Last Shot [3:43]
32. Epilogue/End Titles [6:39]

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French Connection 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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The paranoid, and electric tale of one cop who wont let up. Gene Hackman's acting of Popeye Doyle was outstanding, and not to mention probably the best car chase I have ever seen in a move, a must have and see.
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