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The French Connection (1971)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Sep 25, 2001
 R2: 25 Feb 2002

Budget $1,800,000

MPAA Rating
R

Running Time
1 hour, 44 minutes

Country USA

Studio 20th Century Fox

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Other Titles
• The French Connection
• French Connection - Brennpunkt Brooklyn (1972)



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Genre: Thriller, Drugs, Police, Thieves, Detectives, Murder, True Story

Tagline: A $32,000,000 chase turns into the American thriller of the year!

Plot: Released the same year as Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY, William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked the beginning of a new era of gritty, urban police dramas. Here, the theme of tough-cop amorality serves a conservative demand for a police-state crackdown on the domestic chaos and subversive youth culture of the Vietnam War period. Based on the true story of two New York City police detectives and their investigation into a French heroin smuggling operation, this film is best known for its infamous, masterfully filmed chase scene (influenced by Peter Yates' BULLITT) in which the lead policeman, Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), recklessly drives a stolen car through oncoming traffic in pursuit of a sniper escaping by elevated train. The exciting thrill of this crime drama is accentuated by director William Friedkin's early European influences, perhaps best represented by the handheld documentary-style visuals and Friedkin's claims that the Oscar-winning screenplay was frequently disregarded in favor of improvisation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION is the first film Friedkin made after announcing to Variety that he would abandon his European influences in favor of genre entertainment. The film not only marked a significant change of course for his career, but also signified a stylistic

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 Directed by
William Friedkin
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 Written by
Robin Moore
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Ernest Tidyman
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 Cast
Gene Hackman
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Tony Lo Bianco
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Fernando Rey
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Roy Scheider
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Marcel Bozzuffi
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Bill Hickman
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 Music By
Don Ellis
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