French Connection 2 [Blu-ray]
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Four years since the original "THE FRENCH CONNECTION", in 1975, the sequel would be released. Where the first film was based on real events on the lives of Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso, the sequel is more fictional.
This time around, Doyle goes to France to go after Charnier. Being in a new country, Doyle is a fish out of water and knows that what he was used to New York, it's not going to fly in France, especially with the gendarmes.
But unbeknownst to him, after he's spotted by Charnier, Doyle is kidnapped and the hard-nosed cop that we saw in the first film will be fighting for his life and be broken down severely.
A riveting film, it may not be at the same caliber as the first but it's still a very entertaining film.
If there was one thing that "FRENCH CONNECTION II" was very fortunate to have and that was the return of Gene Hackman reprising his role as Doyle and most importantly having a talented director, John Frankenheimer known for his work in "The Manchurian Candidate" and many other films (a side note: Car chase scenes have a "FRENCH CONNECTION" tie-in with the producer of that film also producing "BULLIT" and Frankenheimer who worked on "FRENCH CONNECTION II" creating one of more popular modern car chase scenes in his film "RONIN" in 1998).
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This time directed by John Frankenheimer, gruff, foul-mouthed, brute narcotics officer Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman) travels to Marseilles, determined to stop the elusive drug kingpin Alain "Frog One" Charnier (Fernando Rey), whom he failed to stop in New York City. Once in France, Popeye is met by Inspector Henri Barthelemi (Bernard Fresson), who resents the former's rude and crude crimefighting demeanor. Doyle finds himself as a fish out of water in France, where he is matched with a language he can't understand, eliminating one of his most useful weapons--his mouth. Determined to find Frog One on his own (and unaware he is being used by Barthelemi to lure Charnier into the open), Popeye escapes his French escorts. Now here comes the unexpected; in an ironic twist of fate, Doyle is kidnapped by Frog One's henchmen and forced to take heroin in an attempt to steal information from the narcotics agent. Left abused and humiliated by Charnier, Doyle is forced to go through a long, agonizing cold-turkey withdrawal from the heroin forced upon him. Now determined more than ever to stop his nemesis, we follow Popeye as "French Connection II" unfolds in a satisfying manner, like a crime drama should.
Filmed with a grainy cinematography, matching the mood of the story, this sequel is just as engaging as the original, while Hackman's performance--especially during the grizzly-to-view withdrawal sequences--is uncompromising and breathtaking, though no Oscar nomination went his way (though a Golden Globe nod did suffice).Read more ›
Hackman gives an even better acting performance in this effort if that were possible but lost out in the Oscar accolades probably due to his earlier success. This time he is on his own with no Cloudy to back him up and stuck with the sometimes dubious support of the French Police.The french acting in this movie is par excellance and perfectly cast which is saying something since this was essentially an American production. We see Fernando Rey carry on his good work from the original movie this time in a more familiar setting namely his home town Marseille. The casting of Rey in both part 1 and part 2 is almost as inspired as that of Hackman himself and also worthy of acting plaudits which sadly did not materialise.Connection part 2 is a worthy sequel to the earlier offering and although not factually correct it does give a believable ending to Doyles mission. Sequels, sadly, often do not stand up to the original production for a variety of reasons. This one is an exception for many reasons, the brilliant acting of Hackman and Rey coupled with casting and cinematography seldom equalled in a production of this type. The film going public were not disappointed in their wait for this effort. What they finally got to see will live long in the collective memories of dedicated filmlovers who cheris great acting along with a liberal dose of classic directing and casting. One cannot ask for much more.
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Good, but you needed to see the first one to know what was going on. Fortunately I was able to see it on regular cable. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ronald Jones
French Connection II could have been skipped, for it's totally lacking except for Gene Hackman. He's brilliant in his portrayal of Popeye Dole, but the character is written as a... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Linda Sharp
I thought this sequel was better than the first, more satisfying. The first movie left you hanging, begging for a follow up, and this is it. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Paurik
If French Connection left you feeling wanting for a better ending, French Conection II will certainly take care of that! Read morePublished 13 days ago by Donna S. Webb
An edge-of-your-seat police drama with Gene Hackman & each cast member at his/her best ! Bravo !Published 15 days ago by Julie Shearer
Better than the first film, which was known mainly for the car racing scenes. The acting was superb in this and attempted to shed light on heroine addiction. Read morePublished 18 days ago by cancer
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