The French Connection

The French Connection

DVD - 2001
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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, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2001
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD H FRE 4565H 1
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Calvacade
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.

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donkeyhote
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.

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TheSandoz
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,

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Nursebob
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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garycornell
Nov 01, 2014

Where does one start? "The French Connection" is one of the most thrilling and gripping movies ever filmed. It has been given 5 Academy Awards and 3 Golden Globes. It has been chosen to be preserved by the National Film Registry. Gene Hackman has been in many movies, but he has never better than his Popeye Doyle the NYC police narcotics detective. The movie has one of the greatest car chase scenes ever filmed. This is an action packed movie and you won't want to leave the room for fear of missing something. My family and I loved the movie. New York City is by far the best place to film a movie. It is such a large and varied backdrop. So much traffic both on the street and those walking the sidewalks. Tracking people is almost impossible. Yet Popeye Doyle gets the job done!

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petercorell
May 22, 2014

Gene Hackman is down right great as a New York City Narcotics Detective. As Popeye Doyle he is ruthless in his pursuit of a shipment of heroin coming into New York City. One of the film greatest car and foot chance scenes is right at the end of the movie. I miss Gene Hackman because he has retired, but he left us this great movie!

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akirakato
Apr 13, 2014

This is a 1971 American thriller, which was adapted and fictionalized by Ernest Tidyman from the non-fiction book by Robin Moore.
It tells the story of New York Police Department detectives named "Popeye" Doyle and Buddy "Cloudy" Russo, whose real-life counterparts
were Narcotics Detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso.
Egan and Grosso also appear in the film, as characters other than themselves.
It also won Academy Awards for Best Actor (Hackman), Best Director (Friedkin), Best Film Editing, and Best Adapted Screenplay (Tidyman).
It has since been labeled as one of the greatest American films by the American Film Institute.
In 2005, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress
as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."
It is a fast-paced, gripping, hard-boiled and action-filled documentary-style drama with an extremely thrilling car-chase scene.

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 03, 2014

Though dated, this police drama still retains its charm after all these years. Great performance by the Hackman/Schneider duo.

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regikirk
Jun 09, 2013

Fabulous movie. Gene Hackman and Roy Schneider are superb. I can watch it every year and never get tired of it.

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