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The Connection

  • Film
William Redfield, center, in The Connection
William Redfield, center, in The Connection

Time Out says

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.

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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
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