|In this exclusive 20th Century Fox Double Feature, you will get two masterpieces of action, adventure, and car chases! First, take a ride with Gene Hackman in the 1971 classic The French Connection. Next, watch Robert De Niro take down deadly terrorists in the 1998 thriller, Ronin!|
The French Connection: New York City detectives "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) and Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider) hope to break a narcotics smuggling ring and ultimately uncover The French Connection. But when one of the criminals tries to kill Doyle, he begins a deadly pursuit that takes him far outside the city limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards in 1971, including Best Picture, Best Director (William Friedkin) and Best Actor for Hackman.
Ronin: In a world where loyalties are easily abandoned and allegiances can be bought, a new and deadlier terrorist threat has emerged - free agent killers! The Cold War may be over, but a new world order keeps a group of covert mercenaries employed by the highest bidder. These operatives, known as Ronin, are assembled in France by a mysterious client for a seemingly routine mission: steal a top-secret briefcase. But the simple task soon proves explosive as other underworld organizations vie for the same prize...and to get the job done, the members of Ronin must do something they've never done before - trust each other!
"[Ronin] ...hard-boiled performances...visceral excitement. Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times
"[French] ...incredible suspense...it includes, among a great many chilling delights, the most brilliantly executed chase sequence I have ever seen. Roger Greenspun, The New York Times
"[French] ...tough, brilliant crime film... TV Guide
Editor's NoteThis double feature presents a pair of action-packed crime-drama classics by two of Hollywood's most veteran directors. William Friedkin's THE FRENCH CONNECTION (1971) is based on the true story of two New York City police detectives (Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider) and their investigation into a French heroin smuggling operation. And in John Frankenheimer's RONIN (1998), a group of former government agents (including Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, and Stellan Skarsgaard) have been hired by the IRA to steal a briefcase containing unknown contents somewhere in Europe. See individual titles for further details.
|Robert De Niro|
|Tony Lo Bianco|
|John Frankenheimer - [Ronin] Director|
|William Friedkin - [French] Director|
|MTV Award, Robert De Niro, Natascha McElhone, [Ronin] Best Action Sequence|
|Golden Globe, William Friedkin, [French] Best Director - Motion Picture|
|Golden Globe, Gene Hackman, [French] Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama|
|Golden Globe, The French Connection, [French] Best Motion Picture - Drama|
|Oscar, Gene Hackman, [French] Best Actor in a Leading Role|
|Oscar, William Friedkin, [French] Best Director|
|Oscar, Gerald B. Greenberg, [French] Best Film Editing|
|Oscar, Philip D'Antoni, [French] Best Picture|
|Oscar, Ernest Tidyman, [French] Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium|