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US 104m, Colour
Director: William Friedkin; Cast: Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi
The French Connection is a gritty crime drama about a police investigation of a heroin smuggling operation which involved a connection with organized crime in France. The film follows Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle and Buddy Russo, two New York narcotics detectives who are often at odds with one another over Popeye’s obsessive and overly aggressive tactics. An intriguing story which features one of the greatest car chase sequences in movie history, The French Connection is unlike many previous crime dramas in which the police eventually solve their case and put the bad guys behind bars. Rather, the film offers a downbeat conclusion that contributed toward realism in early 1970s American cinema (Klaus Ming August 2013).