The French Connection

1971 | Neo-Noir | 104 minutes | English and French with English subtitles


After hearing about a large shipment of heroin scheduled to enter the United States from Marseilles, Detective Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle and his partner “Cloudy” Russo begin a manhunt to find the elusive drug lord, Alain Charnier and his accomplice Henri Devereaux. Popeye and Cloudy are  in a race against time to seize the $32 million of heroin before it hits the streets. In a sequence of incredible drama and exciting car chases, Popeye and Cloudy put everything on the line to catch these dangerous heroin smugglers. 
Gene Hackman (Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle) / Roy Scheider (Buddy “Cloudy” Russo) / Fernando Rey (Alain “Frog One” Charnier) / Frédéric de Pasquale (Henri Devereaux)
Why Stream This Film?
The French Connection is regarded by film critics as one of the top crime films of all time. Steven Spielberg studied the film in preparation for his historical action thriller, Munich.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 98%
  • Metacritic Score: 94
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gene Hackman); Best Director (William Friedkin); Best Adapted Screenplay (Ernest Tidyman); Best Film Editing (Gerald B. Greenberg)
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director (William Friedkin); Best Actor (Gene Hackman)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Actor (Gene Hackman)
  • This film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
THE FRENCH CONNECTION is routinely included on the short list of movies with the greatest chase scenes of all time. What is not always remembered is what a good movie it is.
Roger Ebert

THE FRENCH CONNECTION is a film of almost incredible suspense, and it includes, among a great many chilling delights, the most brilliantly executed chase sequence I have ever seen.
Roger Greenspun

The New York Times

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