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The French Connection (1971)

R 104 min - Action, Crime, Thriller - 9 October 1971
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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.

Director:  William Friedkin
Stars:  Gene Hackman, Fernando Rey, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Frédéric de Pasquale, Bill Hickman, Ann Rebbot, Harold Gary, Arlene Farber, Eddie Egan, André Ernotte, Sonny Grosso, Benny Marino, Patrick McDermott, Alan Weeks, Al Fann, Irving Abrahams, Randy Jurgensen, William Coke

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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.



Tagline: There are no rules and no holds barred when Popeye cuts loose!

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

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Language:  English, French
Release Date:  9 October 1971

Box Office

Budget:  $1,800,000
Revenue:  $41,158,757

Technical Specs

Runtime:  1 h 44 min

Academy Award Nominations and Wins

ACTOR — Gene Hackman {“Jimmy ‘Popeye’ Doyle”}  – WON
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE — Roy Scheider {“Buddy Russo”}
CINEMATOGRAPHY — Owen Roizman
DIRECTING — William Friedkin  – WON
FILM EDITING — Jerry Greenberg  – WON
BEST PICTURE — Philip D’Antoni, Producer – WON
SOUND — Theodore Soderberg, Christopher Newman
WRITING (Screenplay–based on material from another medium) — Ernest Tidyman – WON


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