The French Connection

The French Connection
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DVD Features:

  • Commentary by Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider and Director William Friedkin
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Mono - French
    • Stereo - English
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary William Friedkin - Director; Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider - Stars
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
Edited by
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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie'"
  - Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), spoken to various characters

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1971 - Best Actor: Gene Hackman
Academy Awards 1971 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Ernest Tidyman
Academy Awards 1971 - Best Director: William Friedkin
Academy Awards 1971 - Best Film Editing: Jerry Greenberg
Academy Awards 1971 - Best Picture

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 09/28/2001
"...A best-picture Oscar that really holds up..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/28/2001
"...To watch it now is to appreciate more than ever Gene Hackman's uncompromising talent..."
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"William Friedkin brings a new documentary-style grittiness and moral ambiguity to the crime thriller."
Total Film - 04/01/2004
"[With] the Greatest Car Chase Ever Filmed."
Premiere - 02/23/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "It's one of the most influential and exciting crime movies...[with] a level of grit and realism that is almost impossible to duplicate."
New York Times - 10/22/2010
"THE FRENCH CONNECTION offered a rush of sights and sounds, sweeping the viewer along in a visceral experience."

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New York City detectives "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Hackman.

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Released in the same year as Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY (1971), 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.

The film is based on the true story of two New York City police detectives and their investigation into a French heroin smuggling operation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION is perhaps 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 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 marked not only a significant change of course for his career, but also a stylistic shift that all of Hollywood would soon follow.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: October 9, 1971
  • Based on events that occurred in 1961.
  • Shot almost entirely on location in New York City, and briefly in Marseilles, France.
  • THE FRENCH CONNECTION is number 70 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies.
  • People were allegedly injured during the filming of the famous chase scene.
  • Friedkin is rumored to have shot parts of the chase scene himself.

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.0
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Rating 5.0 The French Connection Movie Lover: from SAN LEANDRO, CA US -- January, 25, 2015

A real good crime movie one of the best. Great acting and car chase scene and more. Belongs in most video collections.

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