The French Connection (R)
Time Out says
An urban crime thriller which won undeserved acclaim for its efficient but unremarkable elevated-railway chase and its clumsy, showy emphasis on grainy, sordid realism. The performances are strong, although Hackman has done far better than this portrayal of a hard-nosed cop obsessively tracking down a narcotics ring in New York, using methods disapproved of by his superiors. The real problems, however, are that Friedkin's nervy, noisy, undisciplined pseudo-realism sits uneasily with his suspense-motivated shock editing; and that compared to (say) Siegel's Dirty Harry, the film maintains no critical distance from (indeed, rather relishes) its "loveable" hero's brutal vigilante psychology.
Thu Oct 7, 1971
Cast and crew
Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Fernando Rey, Frédéric de Pasquale, Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider