The French Connection
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This gritty, fast-paced, and innovative police drama earned five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay (written by Ernest Tidyman), and Best Actor (Gene Hackman). Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Hackman) and his partner, Buddy Russo (Roy Scheider), are New York City police detectives on narcotics detail, trying to track down the source of heroin from Europe into the United States. Suave Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey) is the French drug kingpin who provides a large percentage of New York City's dope, and Pierre Nicoli (Marcel Bozzuffi) is a hired killer and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is only one problem with the excitement generated by this film. After it is over, you will walk out of the theater and, as I did, curse the tedium of your own life. I kept looking for someone who I could throw up against a wall."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"William Friedkin's symphony of long, sharp shocks is memorable for any number of sequences."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"This crime drama from director William Friedkin brings a fluid, documentary-style realism to Ernest Tidyman's adaptation that makes it one of the most influential movies of a very fertile decade for American film."
‑ Andrew Collins, Radio Times
"Hard as nail crime saga with a blistering central performance."
‑ Andrew Collins, Empire Magazine
"well-acted, well-written and brilliantly directed film that could be recommended even to those viewers with little interest in history of cinema"
‑ Dragan Antulov, Draxblog Movie Reviews
"A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book expletives. POW! ZOWIE!"
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"Popeye also earned counterculture points by mistakenly shooting a federal agent and exhibiting a conspicuous lack of remorse."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"To watch The French Connection now is to experience the shock of the old: a lost world of the city, and a lost style of film-making."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Four decades after its initial release, William Friedkin's Oscar-sweeper The French Connection remains an electrifying achievement."
‑ Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
"Grounded in a gritty reality - and shot as such - it's still an action classic today that offers adrenaline-fueled pacing without insulting one's intelligence."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Producer Philip D'Antoni and screenwriter Ernest Tidyman have added enough fictional flesh to provide director William Friedkin and his overall topnotch cast with plenty of material, and they make the most of it."
‑ Robert B. Frederick, Variety
"This 1971 thriller about a heroin bust is solid, slick filmmaking, full of dirty cops, shrewd operators, and slam-bang action."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"...a classic bit of '70s filmmaking."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Exciting cinema that's not to be missed by those in search of a fast-paced, well-crafted thriller."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"With its deathless car chase, Friedkin's film became an instant American classic... [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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