The French Connection

Starring Fernando Rey, Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider
Directed by William Friedkin

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment | February 1, 2005 | DVD

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Two narcotics detectives, "Popeye" Doyle and his partner Buddy Russo (Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider), start to close in on a vast international narcotics ring when the smugglers unexpectedly strike back. Following an attempt on his life by one of the smugglers, Doyle sets off a deadly pursuit that ultimately takes him far beyond mere New York City limits. Based on a true story, this action-filled thriller, with its renowned chase scene, won five Academy Awards® including best picture and Best Actor for Gene Hackman.

Video Release: February 1, 2005

Runtime: 104

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

UPC: 024543168782

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The French Connection

Starring Fernando Rey, Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Tony Lo Bianco
Directed by William Friedkin

Video Release: February 1, 2005

Runtime: 104

Rating: Not Rated

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

UPC: 024543168782


Edition Description
  • Color
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English, English, French, Spanish

Description

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.

Notes

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).
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