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: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew O'Hehir

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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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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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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Chris Barsanti

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

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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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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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Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

The junkies, as expected, are the real show, and it's here that the theatrical predilections emerge, less "that Barton Fink feeling" and more The Iceman Cometh.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% 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