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The French Connection

  R HD Closed Captioning

William Friedkin

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Plot Summary

The French Connection is William Friedkin's gritty, Oscar®-winning police drama where two tough New York City cops try to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. Police partners Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) put a candy store under surveillance based on a hunch that something fishy was going on. Eventually it turns out that the proprietors are involved in one of the biggest narcotics smuggling rings on either side of the Atlantic, and the cops go to work. Popeye Doyle is a short-tempered alcoholic bigot, but he is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer. Doyle's nemesis is Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey), a suave and urbane gentleman who is a criminal, and one of the largest suppliers of pure heroin to North America. As money troubles begin for the hoods they decide to kill Popeye and Buddy to give them enough room to bring in the heroin.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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98%
  • Reviews Counted: 53
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 8.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It moves at magnificent speed, and exhausts itself in movement. – Roger Greenspun, New York Times, Feb 12, 2014

Fresh: A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book expletives. POW! ZOWIE! – Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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. – Robert B. Frederick, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Popeye also earned counterculture points by mistakenly shooting a federal agent and exhibiting a conspicuous lack of remorse. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Amazing film

One of the best action films of the 70's. Also has one of the best chase scenes in cinema history. A fast paced movie, based on factual events (the actual cop 'Popeye' has a cameo in the film), this was the largest heroin bust in US history at that time. Along with Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry," this film showed that cops aren't always squeeky clean, and there's a fine line between good and bad. A highly recommended film, not only for action, but a quality plot and interesting character study as well.

One of the all-time greats!

This movie MADE Gene Hackman. He and Roy Schieder portray with realistic perfection the policing of the gritty heroin-soaked underworld of NYC in the late 60s, early 70s. Fernando Rey was never more silky-sinister. And it has one of the greatest, if not the greatest, car chase scenes ever captured on film.

The French Connection

Love this film! Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider are A#1! The car chase scene is phenomenal!

The French Connection
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Action & Adventure
  • Released: 1971

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