The French Connection

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(out of 5)


Superb example of a top-notch police thriller, one of the most exciting movies of the seventies.   is brilliant as ‘Popeye’ Doyle, a hard-edged New York City cop who gets wind, along with his partner , that a heroin shipment is coming in from France and a deal is being struck with dealers in America.   plays the suave French liaison who is the antithesis of Doyle, both for his manner as well as his position on the law. Owen Roizman contributes outstanding photography that manages to look like a documentary while also being dazzlingly beautiful, authentic and grungy but with a touch of super cool glamour that only the genre can provide. It’s a film that plays with remarkable efficiency: the men get on the trail of their suspects and chase them down relentlessly from beginning to end in a film that has no flab on it whatsoever (something that would not be the case with Friedkin’s magnum devil opus The Exorcist two years later). The car chase in the last third is superb (better than Bullitt, no matter what you hear), fiercely edited and absolutely riveting.


Philip D’Antoni Productions, Schine-Moore Productions, D’Antoni Productions

USA, 1971

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1971

Golden Globe Awards 1971

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