French Connection (Blu-ray)

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Product Overview


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 209973403
UPC 024543529897
UPC 14 00024543529897
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 12/10/2010
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Released in the same year as Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY (1971), William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked the beginning of a new era of gritty, urban police dramas. Here, the theme of tough-cop amorality serves a conservative demand for a police-state crackdown on the domestic chaos and subversive youth culture of the Vietnam War period. ^The film is based on the true story of two New York City police detectives and their investigation into a French heroin smuggling operation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION is perhaps best known for its infamous, masterfully filmed chase scene (influenced by Peter Yates' BULLITT) in which the lead policeman, Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), recklessly drives a stolen car through oncoming traffic in pursuit of a sniper escaping by elevated train. The thrill of this crime drama is accentuated by director William Friedkin's early European influences, perhaps best represented by the handheld documentary-style visuals and Friedkin's claims that the Oscar-winning screenplay was frequently disregarded in favor of improvisation. THE FRENCH CONNECTION marked not only a significant change of course for his career, but also a stylistic shift that all of Hollywood would soon follow.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?"--Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), spoken to various characters
USA Today "...A best-picture Oscar that really holds up..." 09/28/2001 p.5E
Entertainment Weekly "...To watch it now is to appreciate more than ever Gene Hackman's uncompromising talent..." 09/28/2001 p.56
Premiere "William Friedkin brings a new documentary-style grittiness and moral ambiguity to the crime thriller." 12/01/2003 p.11,4 stars out of 5 -- "It's one of the most influential and exciting crime movies...[with] a level of grit and realism that is almost impossible to duplicate." 02/23/2009
Total Film "[With] the Greatest Car Chase Ever Filmed." 04/01/2004 p.136
New York Times "THE FRENCH CONNECTION offered a rush of sights and sounds, sweeping the viewer along in a visceral experience." 10/22/2010
William Friedkin
Fernando Rey
Tony Lo Bianco
Gene Hackman
Roy Scheider
Cast & Crew
Fernando Rey - Star
Bill Hickman - Star
Marcel Bozzufi - Star
Sonny Grosso - Star
Tony Lo Bianco - Star
Frederic de Pasquale - Star
Gene Hackman - Star
Roy Scheider - Star
Harold Gary - Star
Ann Rebbot - Star
Don Ellis - Composer
Robin Moore - Source Writer
Christopher Newman - Sound
Ernest Tidyman - Screenwriter
Theodore Soderberg - Sound
Ben Kazaskow - Production Designer
Jerry Greenberg - Editor
Owen Roizman - Director of Photography
Philip D'Antoni - Producer
William Friedkin - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 2252989
UPC 00024543529897
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 104 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Name Gene Hackman
Award Category Best Actor
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1971
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name William Friedkin
Award Category Best Director
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1971
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Jerry Greenberg
Award Category Best Film Editing
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1971
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Ernest Tidyman
Award Category Best Adapted Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1971
Award Giver Academy Awards
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hackman,Gene
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray

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