The French Connection (R)

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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.

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Rated:

R

US release:

Thu Oct 7, 1971

Duration:

104 mins

Cast and crew

Music:

Don Ellis

Cast:

Tony Lo Bianco, Marcel Bozzuffi, Fernando Rey, Frédéric de Pasquale, Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider

Screenwriter:

Ernest Tidyman

Art Director:

Ben Kazaskow

Producer:

Philip D'Antoni

Cinematography:

Owen Roizman

Editor:

Jerry Greenberg

Director:

William Friedkin

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