The Connection

William Redfield, center, in The Connection

The gimmicky premise of

Jack Gelber

's play - that those were real junkies up on the stage waiting for their fix, killing time by improvising jazz and making with street-jive monologues - probably makes more sense as a movie than it ever did in the theatre. Clarke films it as if it were documentary (so that when the cameraman himself takes a fix, the camera-work goes to pieces), and the Living Theatre actors are convincing enough to sustain this close a scrutiny. Some creaky business with a Salvation Army sister recalls the piece's stage origins, but the music and the sense of 'dead time' retain a 'beat' authenticity.

Release details

Duration: 110 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Shirley Clarke
Screenwriter: Jack Gelber
Cast: James Anderson
Warren Finnerty
Carl Lee
William Redfield
Jerome Raphael
Roscoe Lee Browne
Garry Goodrow