Summer Classics: The French Connection

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Summer Classics: The French Connection
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1971 / 1h 44m / R / Crime Drama

Gene Hackman plays Popeye Doyle, an undercover detective who stumbles on a plot to move serious amounts of heroin into the US from France. Featuring a groundbreaking car (and train) chase through New York City, The French Connection is a gritty cop drama that sets the course for gritty cop dramas to come. Doyle is rough-edged, obsessed, and deeply unlikeable; his single-minded fixation with stopping this deal pushes him to treat foe and friend alike with startling violence. Coming out the same year as Dirty Harry, The French Connection presents a different, more complex look at what you get when the law takes the law too far.

USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of The French Connection immediately after the film. The session is free and open to the public.

This screening is sponsored by J.J. Taylor.

The Summer Classics Movie Series is presented by Bank of America. Media support is provided by WEDU-PBS.
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