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Plot: A pair of NYC cops in the Narcotics Bureau stumble onto a drug smuggling job with a French connection. Runtime: 104 mins Release Date: 09 Oct 1971
A masterpiece of NYC hard-edged realism (by mstomaso)
This is an intense, unremitting, intelligent and incredibly fast-paced film which blends action, cinematic realism, art and humor into a masterwork of hard-edged crime drama. But to categorize this film as drama, suspense or action really does violence to it. This is just a great film, and it doesn't fit comfortably into any category with which I am aware. Don't look here for any sense of fantasy-justice or n'er-do-wrong comic book heroism. Look here instead for gut wrenching nihilism, frustration with the unfairness of criminal justice in the hands of bureaucracy, and a solid, <more>
plot-driven story about a couple of cops who are just trying to do their jobs as best they can.And by all means, don't watch this film if you aren't fully awake and willing to be taken down the electric, ambiguous, and compelling roads it leads to. If you watch this film with any part of your brain turned off you'll end up asking questions like "plot, what plot?" The fact that some people can't find it reflects more on them as film-watchers than it does on this film. This film does not offer passive entertainment like most of the contemporary action market does. It makes you pay attention, though, at times you might not want to. Hackman and Scheider are incredible, with some of the greatest chemistry I have ever seen between two young actors. They play two hard-ass NYC detectives looking to end the war on drugs more-or-less permanently by taking down an international conspiracy which they have just barely sniffed out. And make no mistake, they, particularly Hackman's "Popeye Doyle" are at war, and treat their jobs as a battlefield. Doyle pursues his quarry with utterly wreckless abandon, endangering the lives of dozens of people along the way. While both men are absolutely terrific, this stands out as one of Hackman's greatest performances, and his Oscar is well-deserved not something you will see me say often . Backed by a strong supporting cast, and some of the best live-action cinematography of the late 20th century, this film does not allow you to turn away, get popcorn, or even deal with bodily functions for its entire duration.Considered in the early 70s to be 'shockingly violent', this film does not even reach a tenth the degree of passive violent repulsion of the average Tarantino film, and it relies, instead, on amazing performances, flawless direction, a phenomenal post-modern soundtrack and edgy, tense camera-work. Unlike contemporary action film garbage, it also gives you complex characters who you can care about, but never fully understand. I will cut this review short because I am running out of superlatives. Anybody remotely interested in expanding or just appreciating the artistic breadth and depth of mainstream film needs to see this.
My favorite movie of all time "A Clockwork Orange" lost at the best picture Acadamy Award ceremony against this movie. However looking at this movie I can't say that it's undeserved, for "The French Connection" truly is one of the best movies from at least the seventies and maybe of all time. It most certainly is the best cop movie ever made, in my opinion!The movie has a perfect gritty and realistic kind of atmosphere and an unmistakably seventies feeling. I love it! The seventies truly were the golden age of film making and they simply don't make movies like <more>
this anymore.The characters are perfectly realistic and director William Friedkin and the actors most certainly don't attempt to portray them as being heroic or 'good cops'. Gene Hackman really in a way is an anti-hero and he seems to be born to play 'Popeye' Doyle, who by now truly has grown into a classic movie character. Roy Scheider also is really great as his partner 'Cloudy' Russo, even though his character at times disappears too long out of the story. A shame because he and Hackman were a perfect screen duo. Both got an Oscar nomination but only Hackman got to take the statue home with him. The movie also won Oscar's for best director, best film editing, best picture and best writing, screenplay based on material from another medium and got nominated for three more.The movie might have a slow pace by today's standards but the wonderful story and acting really make up for this, "The French Connection" has stand the test of time well. The slow pace even makes the famous car chase scene even more energetic and thrilling enough to make your adrenaline run.Truly in my opinion, the ultimate cop movie!10/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/
In most movies, the good guys are portrayed as models for others, examples for a better life. The bad guys, on the other hand, are usually dirty rat scums. What a refreshing surprise to see that The French Connection has the roles loosely interchanged. Set against the backdrop of bleak New York City streets, ill-tempered narcotics detective 'Popeye' Doyle and his partner 'Cloudy' Russo intercept a drug shipment coming in from France led by urbane master criminal Alan Charnier. The two cops, however, have a hard time capturing the drug lord as he outwits them throughout the <more>
city. Popeye and Charnier make an interesting contrast. Popeye is portrayed as an obsessive, racist drunk while Charnier is the mellow, European sophisticate. This is, of course, an action thriller and the sequences are gritty, tense, and heart-pounding. It features one of the best car chase scenes ever filmed. What makes it so effective is the fact that it was shot in real-time, heavy traffic and we vicariously experience moment-by-moment. The acting is strong and believable. Gene Hackman's portrayal is exact and deservedly won the Best Actor Oscar. William Friedkin did a superior job in giving us a diverting and realistic look of cop life and the raw work they undergo to clear the streets of illicit activity. Great action thriller!
The first film to go deep inside the perils of being a maniacal and sadistic narcotics cop (by Nazi_Fighter_David)
The dividing line between tough cops and mad mobsters is often so slim it could be inscribed on the rim of a steel-jacketed .45 bullet When Gene Hackman, as Popeye Doyle is hot on the trail of that illegal load of heroin, he lets nothing and nobody get in his way If one stands aside from the sheer excitement of the film and examines it dispassionately, it becomes apparent that here is ruthlessness which, under normal circumstances, would be regarded as the actions of a crazy man Under the arches of the elevated railroad, the Doyle character drives a car like a character gone berserk; if <more>
the number of innocent bystanders sent flying and the total of wrecked cars were calculated, it might have been cheaper and more humane to let the villains and the heroin escape But it's only movies While the picture's running it is not necessary to wonder whether all this mayhem is morally right or wrong Indeed, it would be a sorry day for the entire thriller industry, both written and screened, if ever we did! This is a world of fantasy into which the audience is content to follow the action for less than two hours There are the goodies and the baddies; the policeman may act like a baddie, but he's really on the side of the angels The really tough cop is a comparatively new type of cinematic character When the gangster film was young, so were the policemen That detective of the 1930's, might have knocked a hoodlum or two around in self-defense, but would never have been so careless as to shoot a fellow cop through being too cynical or quick on the trigger The New York film cop, of the 1930's would not have coldly broken a mobster's jaw, as Sterling Hayden did in "The Godfather."
No doubt you've heard of the famous chase scene. Well you have to see it to believe it. "The French Connection" remains an impressive tour-de-force, although I wouldn't have given it Best Picture for 1971 in my opinion, that distinction goes to "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" . Needless to say, this pretty much paved the way for William Friedkin directing "The Exorcist", although since then, his career has faltered. As Det. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, Gene Hackman creates as tough a cop as anyone could expect, and Roy Scheider and Fernando Rey are equally <more>
good as Buddy Russo and the smuggler, respectively. A real classic in every sense of the word.
Classic '70s crime film, with Gene Hackman in top form (by MovieAddict2016)
The '70s produced some truly great films, and "The French Connection" is one of them. This is the case of a film that wasn't ill-received on release -- it won four Oscars including Best Actor and Best Picture and pretty much solidified his career.He had, up till this point, been known for his smaller roles in films like "Bonnie and Clyde" - this one proved he could really act and carry a film on his own.It's a story about a racist police officer Hackman on the tail of a French drug cartel importing into the States.This movie is not an easy ride and it has a <more>
rather depressing aura, but it's still a very good picture - one of the best of the decade, which is saying quite a lot.Hackman is perfect as Popeye Doyle. Most people think this is his greatest role. I'm not sure, Harry Caul from "The Conversation" is about an even tie. But it's certainly one of his best roles and one of his most intense performances.A must-see.
Dirty, real, harsh--cops after big drug dealers in New York, 1971. (by secondtake)
The French Connection 1971 Director William Friedkin would make it impossible to see his career straight two years after "The French Connection" by directing "The Exorcist," which took on a life of its own. But prior to that, this was the movie that defined his career. It was the New Hollywood answer to film noir, and the lead male Gene Hackman is presented without glamour, the gritty city New York without dramatic shadows and light, and the plot about modern drug dealing without hyped up dramatics. This is a movie as down in the mouth as the world it represents, <more>
and it's all deliberate, and smart.This is the stuff of a breakthrough movie. It isn't quite as gripping now, I think, but it still sucks you in. There are lots of scenes in cars, including the famous car chase, and lots of good old street stuff in Manhattan, very 1970 when it was shot . The plot and pace of things is more steady than exciting, usually, not cinema verite but a kind of camera work that is unglamorous with the idea that this really is the way it is, and it works great. It would have been easy to push this farther and make it truly boring, but it doesn't go there. Instead we see the details of a couple of cops out to break a huge dope ring.Most of the movie I'm going to guess three quarters is simply the cops trailing the bad guys, on foot or by car. There are very brief interspersed personal dramas, and there are conversations that keep the plot clear, but the overall big vector here is one direction, and the cops get closer in spurts and jerks to their prey. The velocity does increase gradually in the second half, with a kind of brilliant building to a finale, and by the end it's a thrilling climax. In a way, this kind of film is the exact opposite of something like "Die Hard," which is all exaggeration and excess. And if those other kinds of movies are more fun, this is not only edgy, it's pertinent. And the music is by jazz great Don Ellis. Look for a scene with the World Trade Center towers under construction in the distance.Check this film out. A special movie that actually reveals something about police life, hard core, no glitz.
This movie captures a cop-criminal dynamic for its time making it not only entertainment but sort of a history lesson too. This is how they went about solving and preventing criminal activities and we get close-ups on the people on the front lines. Consider too that Roy and Gene who star here deliver believable roles on how to go about it and what to expect as do the criminal elements as well. Good scenes, acting and haunting appropriate music make this movie not only memorable but a must see again from time to time. Its just quality entertainment and worthy of a two hour viewing investment. <more>
Recommend a decent snack and drink to enhance the experience making for a good....
An important film due to its impact on the genre (by MartinHafer)
While the 1960s brought us a slew of anti-heroes that even made their way to police films, predecessors such as BULLIT and MADIGAN are tame compared to this ground-breaking film. While these previous films gave a much bleaker view of police work and corruption, THE FRENCH CONNECTION was unique in the intensity of the sleaze that permeates the film. In most ways, this serves to heighten the realism, though even today some viewers will blanch at the films frequent use of the f-word and the general griminess of the city. Fortunately, in recent trips to the city, I was pleased to see how clean <more>
and safe the New York has become, but for the New York City office of tourism, this film must have been a nightmare!! Junkies, garbage, murders and the lowest elements frequent this interpretation of the Big Apple--making it look a bit worm-eaten and squishy! The lead of the film is Gene Hackman and his quiet partner is Roy Scheider. Hackman's character, in particular, made it hard to differentiate him from the criminals because he played fast and loose with some people's rights and because he was prone to getting drunk and picking up one night stands. This was definitely NOT the cop your daddy would have seen in films in the good old days and I am pretty sure Jack Webb didn't approve of this Popeye Doyle character!!!Despite the seaminess of the film, it was a great detective film because of its exceptional action sequences that made up for the very mundane nature of the job. Long periods of wire tapping and grunt work were punctuated with some of the most exciting scenes in film history--including what most experts would concede is the best chase scene on film. Additionally, the script and direction made the film quite exciting and gritty--thanks also to improvisations to spice up the cop lingo. In so many ways, this film helped create a new type of police film and led to movies such as SERPICO, THE BLUE KNIGHT and the DIRTY HARRY films. See this film and see where it all began--as this was the first rated-R cop film to win the Oscar for Best Picture and STILL today is a film you don't want to let your kids watch unless you are an irresponsible idiot .