French Connection, The (1971)

Doyle is bad news - but a good cop.

Original Title : French Connection, The
Director : William Friedkin
Writer : Robin Moore
Ernest Tidyman
Edward M. Keyes
Genre : Action
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Philip D'Antoni , G. David Schine , Kenneth Utt
Music : Don Ellis
Photography : Owen Roizman
IMDB ID : 0067116
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Gene Hackman Det. Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle
Fernando Rey Alain Charnier
Roy Scheider Det. Buddy 'Cloudy' Russo
Tony Lo Bianco Salvatore 'Sal' Boca
Marcel Bozzuffi Pierre Nicoli, Hit Man
Frédéric de Pasquale Henri Devereaux
Bill Hickman Bill Mulderig
Ann Rebbot Mrs. Marie Charnier


William Friedkin's gritty police drama portrays two tough New York City cops trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between 'Popeye' Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier, a suave and urbane gentleman who is nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America. During the surveillance and eventual bust, Friedkin provides one of the most gripping and memorable car chase sequences ever filmed.


The way action movies should be made 'The French Connection' has the best car chase I have ever seen in a movie. The rest of the movie is also good. The story is intelligent and will keep your attention to the last shot. Gene Hackman as Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle and Roy Scheider as Buddy 'Cloudy' Russo are great as the two detectives chasing and following a couple of people including Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) and Salvatore Boca (Tony Lo Bianco) who are involved in a drugs deal. With suspense, violence and some funny moments (one involving a car in pieces) this Best Picture Oscar winner is an action movie the way we want to see them.
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