The French Connection

The French Connection

DVD - 1971
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Based on a true story of two New York Police detectives who hope to break a narcotic smuggling ring.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox, c1971
Edition: Collector's ed
Branch Call Number: FRE
Characteristics: 2 dvds (104 min.) : sd., col. ; 12 cm


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Jan 22, 2021

I didn't like some of the language, but it did make me want to buy a 1971 Pontiac LeMans.

Aug 23, 2019

Biopic is a bit too much so, especially with the documentary-styled conclusion (???) But Gene Hackman gives a strong performance, Fernando Rey is more than his equal as his nemesis, and no one can nail a car chase scene better than William Friedkin. Overall, an okay picture. I don't really see it as Best Picture and, although Hackman is one of my favorite 70s performers, I don't see his role as Best Actor, either.

BookReviewer2015 Mar 30, 2019

Awesome film! A narcotics cop with an obsessive streak is on the ultimate hunt...but at what cost?

Hackman is great in this earlier role! Scheider is the ultimate partner! Gritty, realistic...The French Connection! You will never see the name Popeye the same away again...

Sep 27, 2018

The French Connection remains a gritty, well-paced police thriller with such a nasty ending. Popeye has to be one of the best cinematic antiheroes to boot. While its violence, considered shocking at the time, is tamer now, even compared to that other great film of 1971, A Clockwork Orange, the brutality is still enough to lend a sense of grotty danger to the proceedings.

Nov 20, 2017

This movie is boring, dated, slow, and deadly dull. If you want a great movie by same director, Friedkin, take a look at To Live and Die in LA, which is an exciting, modern and gritty nuanced film. But you will need to put in inter library loan to get, HPL surprisingly doesn't have it. But it's worth the effort. Maybe French Connection was a good or even great film in its time but it just doesn't stand up to the test of time. A real disappointment.

Mar 15, 2017

"The French Connection" is routinely included, along with "Bullitt," "Diva" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," on the short list of movies with the greatest chase scenes of all time. What is not always remembered is what a good movie it is apart from the chase scene. It featured a great early Gene Hackman performance that won an Academy Award, and it also won Oscars for best picture, direction, screenplay and editing.
The movie is all surface, movement, violence and suspense. Only one of the characters really emerges into three dimensions: Popeye Doyle Gene Hackman, a New York narc who is vicious, obsessed and a little mad. The other characters don't emerge because there's no time for them to emerge. Things are happening too fast.

Mar 15, 2017

A rather good movie with Hackman. If FieryJack forgot what the ending is, I will tell here. His boss orders Hackman in the last showdown to cop-operate (cooperate) in a team with a colleague he dislikes, and at the crucial scene they keep apart (as they hate each other), and so the film ends with a last shot in the void of that abandoned building, suggesting that Hackman, who was going alone searching for the French connection guy, was shot by the chief "frog eater" criminal. This movie shows well how the forced "teamwork" does not work, so far as we are individuals who just can't cooperate. Funny, that I had this experience several times in College, when the forced mixed group was arguing all the time. Once, although the instructor said that those who refuse to work with their team (want to do the assignment alone) will be deducted 25%, I parted with the team. Do you see the Communist system creeping at us? ("Marching at the beat of the same drum"). I did the huge assignment alone and got 90%, while the phony group got 75%. I gave the teacher a good reason for my separation, so he did not deduct from me. OK, watch this movie, it's a rather good one. And team up with someone you like.

Mar 11, 2017

This is a good cop movie with some spectacular chases and Gene Hackman chewing the scenery like nobodies business. It's been a while since I've seen the movie and I had totally forgotten the ending. I feel like the film is a little overrated,

Oct 27, 2016

William Friedkin’s high-speed crime thriller swept the Oscars in 1972—including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor for Gene Hackman—and even though it has aged considerably over the years it is still an exhilarating ride. Often filmed on the sly without all the proper permits, Friedkin’s Brooklyn is a decaying urban jungle of crumbling brick and dirty alleyways where criminals and cops play deadly cat and mouse games—except for Doyle (Hackman) who’s explosive personality and obsession with taking bad guys down has made him something of an anti-hero among his fellow officers, including his partner Russo. Employing quick edits and camera angles which never seem to stray far from the gutter Friedkin’s film has a gritty improvised feel, less polished than the usual Hollywood fare yet more immediate than simple vérité. Today’s crop of PC viewers may balk at the casual racism (different time, different place folks) but the film moves along like a runaway train culminating in one of cinema’s most famous sequences: a subway car containing a sniper careens along an elevated track while Popeye Doyle keeps pace in the streets below, weaving in and out of traffic at breakneck speeds (one of the resulting collisions was actually unplanned). Time has rendered the film’s good guys vs. bad guys mindset faintly anachronistic (as well as those racial stereotypes), and the no-tech approach definitely hearkens from another era, but this is still a classic of the genre and entertaining as hell.

Scaltro Dec 12, 2014

Fantastic, shows gritty new york, the ruthlessness of the pursuit, and one of the best car chase scenes ever. (chasing a subway across Queens!)

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