The French Connection
The French Connection (1971)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 25, 2001
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Realistic, fast-paced and uncommonly smart, The French Connection is bolstered by stellar performances by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, not to mention William Friedkin's thrilling production.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Its trigger-fast, explosive scenes and high-tension chase sequences (the one in "Bullitt" pales by comparison) will have you literally gasping for breath.

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Robert B. Frederick

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Gangbusters adjusted to the new decade's grungy ambiguity

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

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.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Popeye also earned counterculture points by mistakenly shooting a federal agent and exhibiting a conspicuous lack of remorse.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Classic cop film with frequent profanity, violence.

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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

A knockout police thriller with so much jarring excitement that it almost calls for comic-book expletives. POW! ZOWIE!

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

This 1971 thriller about a heroin bust is solid, slick filmmaking, full of dirty cops, shrewd operators, and slam-bang action.

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Peter Bradshaw

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
An intelligent and at times gripping thriller that features admirably-shot action sequences and well-executed cinematography.
Kase Vollebregt
'The French Connection' provides a gritty view of the police that had never been seen before at the time. Well acted, quickly paced and with a… More
Christian C
Exciting. Surprising. And (not surprising!) and excellent performance by Gene Hackman.
paul oh
This film made the cliche of awesome buddy cop movies. Its cool and dirty all at the same time.
Adam Kelly
Friedkin's 'French Connection' is a brilliant mixture of European style cinematic technique, and a classic American background and story. With… More
Film Crazy
A classic crime drama that has a great cast and great performances from Gene Hackman, the comedy or liners from this movie are funny and it is a good car scene… More

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