The Connection
The Connection (1961)

Experimental director Shirley Clarke's first feature film is a no-compromise look at the dead-end world of drug addiction in Manhattan. Awaiting their next "connection", eight dopers sit in a bleak New York loft. The addicts… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 1, 2007
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

A lean, mean saga of jazz, junk and rebellion.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There is little about it to warrant the clamorous interest of the average moviegoer or to distinguish it as a significant piece of cinematic art.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An uncompromising look at a group of drug addicts waiting in a Manhattan loft for a heroin fix.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

[Clarke] gets at the inner truth of addicts - that they're pining for transcendence in the void.

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Time Out

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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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Whatever its place on the scale of so-called authenticity, 'The Connection' is concerned with many of the same issues as its more legitimately underground successors. As someone in the movie observes: 'The question is, like why ain't we dead, y'know?'

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The film retains the same beatnik wit that the play effectively distilled, as well as a few scary shocks.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

It's experimental theater meets cinéma verité with a self-aware sensibility: a drama in documentary form.

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Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com

Exhausting and occasionally juvenile, The Connection is, nevertheless, an experience.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
As a fifty year old movie about a group of junkies waiting less than patiently for their next hit, "The Connection" surprisingly does not feel dated… More