French Connection-Collectors Edition

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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.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202074048
UPC 024543225812
UPC 14 00024543225812
Format DVD
Release Date 1/14/2014
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
Don Ellis, et. al. - Original Music By
Ernest Tidyman - Screenplay
Fernando Rey - Actor
G. David Schine - Executive Producer
Gene Hackman - Actor
Gerald B. Greenberg - Editor
Owen Roizman - Cinematographer
Philip D'Antoni - Producer
Robin Moore, et. al. - Based on Novel By
Roy Scheider - Actor
Tony LoBianco - Actor
William Friedkin - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1971
Catalog ID 2232581
UPC 00024543225812
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 104 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Golden Globe (1972) , Winner, Best Motion Picture - Drama,Gene Hackman, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama,William Friedkin, Winner, Best Director - Motion Picture
Oscar (1972) Christopher Newman, Theodore Soderberg, Nominee, Best Sound,Ernest Tidyman, Winner, Best Writing - Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium,Gene Hackman, Winner, Best Actor,Gerald B. Greenberg, Winner, Best Film Editing,Owen Roizman, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Philip D'Antoni, Winner, Best Picture,Roy Scheider, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,William Friedkin, Winner, Best Director
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Hackman,Gene
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Box Office Magazine A thriller in every sense of the word.
New York Magazine Sheer, fascinating, gripping and gritty.
The Motion Picture Guide ...spine-twisting, suspenseful and utterly absorbing...
VideoHound's GoldenMovie Retriever of the most exciting chase scenes ever filmed.

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