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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!


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203947388
UPC 024543423645
UPC 14 00024543423645
Format DVD
Release Date 2/6/2007
Essential Cinema
Editors Note
Note This 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
Jean Reno
Roy Scheider
Stellan Skarsgaard
Cast & Crew
Fernando Rey - [French] Actor
Gene Hackman - [French] Actor
Jean Reno - [Ronin] Actor
John Frankenheimer - [Ronin] Director
Natascha McElhone - [Ronin] Actor
Robert De Niro - [Ronin] Actor
Roy Scheider - [French] Actor
Sean Bean - [Ronin] Actor
Tony Lo Bianco - [French] Actor
William Friedkin - [French] Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1971
Catalog ID 2242364
UPC 00024543423645
Number of Discs 2
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/2.35:1/1.33:1
Nominee (1999) MTV Award, Robert De Niro, Natascha McElhone, [Ronin] Best Action Sequence
Winner (1972) 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
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review [Ronin] Unlike many thrillers of this sort, which devolve into a series of mindless action sequences, Ronin manages to remain focused on the plot and the characters, even while staging increasingly complicated pyrotechnic set pieces and offering its share of white-knuckle moments. The film is consistently exciting, if a little overlong, and never fails to keep us guessing. Ronin also snubs a few conventions of the genre. For example, when a character departs before the midpoint, he does not suddenly re-appear later in the movie to either (a) cause trouble, (b) take revenge, or (c) save the day. That's certainly not the only reason to see this picture, but it's one of several small pleasures that, when they're all combined, make Ronin a significant cut above the average thriller.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review [French] "The French Connection" is routinely included, along with "Bullitt," "Diva" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark," on the short list of movies with the greatest chase scenes of all time. What is not always remembered is what a good movie it is apart from the chase scene. It featured a great early Gene Hackman performance that won an Academy Award, and it also won Oscars for best picture, direction, screenplay and editing...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 chase scene has, in a way, been a mixed blessing, distracting from the film's other qualities.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Actor Hackman,Gene
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Bill Gallo, Dallas Observer [Ronin] ...the atmosphere is tense, the style impeccable.
Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times [Ronin] ...hard-boiled performances...visceral excitement.
Roger Greenspun, The New York Times [French] ...incredible includes, among a great many chilling delights, the most brilliantly executed chase sequence I have ever seen.
TV Guide [French] ...tough, brilliant crime film...

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