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Format: DVD
Sku: 202074048
UPC: 024543225812
UPC 14: 00024543225812
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Two narcotics detectives, "Popeye" Doyle and his partner Buddy Russo (Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider), start to close in on a vast international narcotics ring when the smugglers unexpectedly strike back. Following an attempt on his life by one of the smugglers, Doyle sets off a deadly pursuit that ultimately takes him far beyond mere New York City limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards including best picture and Best Actor for Gene Hackman.

"A thriller in every sense of the word.  Box Office Magazine
"Sheer, fascinating, gripping and gritty.  New York Magazine
"...spine-twisting, suspenseful and utterly absorbing...  The Motion Picture Guide
" of the most exciting chase scenes ever filmed.  VideoHound's GoldenMovie Retriever

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Sensormatic

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/14/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1971
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2232581
Video UPC UPC: 00024543225812
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review The French Connection - DVD Review
By: Blake French DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/13/2009 5:25 PM
The French Connection puts the majority of contemporary action movies to shame. It proves how potentially smart this genre can be, and how dumb recent action films really are. Unlike many modern-day thrillers, this film is an exciting, taut, and realistic portrayal of urban police life, but it does not fill its running time with gratuitous violence, nonstop profanity, and copious amounts of sex. Character motivation and story drive the film forward--not a needless excess of violent, antisocial behavior. It’s a standout cinematic achievement that won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Gene Hackman), Best Film Editing, and Best the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Fernando Rey
Video Cast Info Gene Hackman
Video Cast Info Roy Scheider
Video Cast Info Tony LoBianco
Video Cast Info Don Ellis, et. al. - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ernest Tidyman - Screenplay
Video Cast Info G. David Schine - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Gerald B. Greenberg - Editor
Video Cast Info Owen Roizman - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Philip D'Antoni - Producer
Video Cast Info Robin Moore, et. al. - Based on Novel By
Video Cast Info William Friedkin - Director


Golden Globe (1972)
Video Award Name , Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama

Oscar (1972)
   Video Award Name Christopher Newman, Theodore Soderberg, Nominee, Best Sound
Video Award Name Ernest Tidyman, Winner, Best Writing - Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Video Award Name Gene Hackman, Winner, Best Actor

Golden Globe (1972)
Video Award Name Gene Hackman, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama

Oscar (1972)
Video Award Name Gerald B. Greenberg, Winner, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Owen Roizman, Nominee, Best Cinematography
Video Award Name Philip D'Antoni, Winner, Best Picture
   Video Award Name Roy Scheider, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor

Golden Globe (1972)
Video Award Name William Friedkin, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture

Oscar (1972)
Video Award Name William Friedkin, Winner, Best Director

Memorable Quotes

"Ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?"----Popeye Doyle (Gene Hackman), spoken to various characters

Professional Reviews

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

"William Friedkin brings a new documentary-style grittiness and moral ambiguity to the crime thriller." 12/01/2003 p.11

Total Film
"[With] the Greatest Car Chase Ever Filmed." 04/01/2004 p.136

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

New York Times
"THE FRENCH CONNECTION offered a rush of sights and sounds, sweeping the viewer along in a visceral experience." 10/22/2010

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
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. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hackman,Gene
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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