February 7, 2006
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Runtime: 104 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in French
This account of one of the largest U.S. drug busts at the time, loosely based on a true story and Moore's book, features one of the most famous chase scenes in film history as cars careen below the elevated train tracks dodging city traffic. The chase begins when a pair of hard-boiled New York City narcotics detectives uncover an elaborate heroin smuggling ring headed by a French crime boss. Hackman makes a lasting impression as tough-guy cop Popeye Doyle. Wunderkind Friedkin made his commercial breakthrough and won an Oscar for Best Director. The sequel, French Connection II (1975), directed by John Frankenheimer, is OK, too.
Produced by D'Antoni-Schine-Moore.
Color by DeLuxe. Shot almost entirely on location in New York, briefly in Marseilles, France.
Additional cast: Bill Hickman (Mulderig); Ann Rebbot (Marie Charnier); Harold Gary (Weinstock); Arlene Farber (Angie Boca); Eddie Egan (Simonson); AndrT Ernotte (La Valle); Pat McDermott (Chemist); and The Three Degrees as Themselves.
Additional credits: Ben Kazaskow (art director) and Ed Garzero (set decorator).