The French Connection

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The French Connection

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.

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Thursday October 7 1971
Duration: 104 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William Friedkin
Screenwriter: Ernest Tidyman
Cast: Roy Scheider
Gene Hackman
Frédéric de Pasquale
Fernando Rey
Marcel Bozzuffi
Tony Lo Bianco

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