The French Connection (Blu-ray) R

There are no rules and no holds barred when Popeye cuts loose!
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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 Fox
  • 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

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh98%

Total Count: 56


User Ratings: 44,193
Rating: 4/4 -- Four decades after its initial release, William Friedkin's Oscar-sweeper The French Connection remains an electrifying achievement. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Sep 11, 2011
...To watch it now is to appreciate more than ever Gene Hackman's uncompromising talent...
Entertainment Weekly
Sep 28, 2001
Gangbusters adjusted to the new decade's grungy ambiguity Full Review
Sep 9, 2015
A true Hollywood classic. Full Review
Dark Horizons
Jul 8, 2010
A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book expletives. POW! ZOWIE! Full Review
TIME Magazine
Feb 20, 2009
Rating: 5/5 -- It's hard to imagine it now, but there are only two types of cop movie: pre and post-The French Connection. That's how big it is. Full Review
Times (UK)
Jul 8, 2010
THE FRENCH CONNECTION offered a rush of sights and sounds, sweeping the viewer along in a visceral experience.
New York Times
Oct 22, 2010

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: 20,638
  • UPC: 024543793144
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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