The French Connection (Blu-ray) R

There are no rules and no holds barred when Popeye cuts loose!
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Format:  Blu-ray
item number:  3AECQ
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: March 6, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1971
  • Label: 20Th Century Studios
  • Note: Commentary by director William Friedkin
    • Commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider
    • Isolated score Track
    • Trivia track
    • Deleted scenes with optional commentary by director William Friedkin
    • Anatomy of a chase
    • Hackman on Doyle
    • Friedkin and Grosso remember the real French Connection
    • Scene of the crime
    • Cop jazz: the music of Don Ellis
    • Rogue cop: the Noir connection
    • Making the Connection: the untold stories of the French Connection
  • Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, Spanish

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , , &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

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: Not Applicable

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh98%

Total Count: 56


User Ratings: 44,193
Rating: 4/4 -- There is only one problem with the excitement generated by this film. After it is over, you will walk out of the theater and, as I did, curse the tedium of your own life. I kept looking for someone who I could throw up against a wall. Full Review
Chicago Tribune
Jan 18, 2013
THE FRENCH CONNECTION offered a rush of sights and sounds, sweeping the viewer along in a visceral experience.
New York Times
Oct 22, 2010
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.
Feb 23, 2009
Producer Philip D'Antoni and screenwriter Ernest Tidyman have added enough fictional flesh to provide director William Friedkin and his overall topnotch cast with plenty of material, and they make the most of it. Full Review
Feb 19, 2008
Rating: 5/5 -- Hard as nail crime saga with a blistering central performance. Full Review
Empire Magazine
Feb 13, 2012
...To watch it now is to appreciate more than ever Gene Hackman's uncompromising talent...
Entertainment Weekly
Sep 28, 2001
Rating: 5/5 -- Classic cop film with frequent profanity, violence. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Mar 11, 2015

Product Description:

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.

Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 12,061
  • UPC: 024543793144
  • Shipping Weight: 0.21/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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