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Based on a true story of two New York Police detectives who hope to break a narcotic smuggling ring.
Item Type: DVD Movie
Item Rating: R
Street Date: 09/25/01
Wide Screen: yes
Director Cut: no
Special Edition: no
Foreign Film: noSubtitles: no
Full Frame: no
- Disc 1:
- Scene specific commentary by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider
- Original Trailer
- Disc 2:
- BBC Documentary: Poughkeepsie shouffle
- "Making the Connection The Untold Stories" documentary
- 7 deleted scenes
- William Friedkin discusses the deleted scenes
- Still gallery
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Popeye Doyle is a Narcotic Cop after drug dealers headed up by an elusive Frenchman and his brutal sidekick. Hackman is helped along in his chase by Roy Scheider, who plays his detective partner. Great chemistry between the two, a lot of sardonic wit from Hackman. While Scheider's character is underplayed, he does a great job, going on to superstardom in Jaws a few years later.
This is Hackman's vehicle, however, and his Popeye Doyle is as relentless as The Terminator in his pursuit of the villains. Hackman, whose acting teachers epic failed by telling him that he would never amount to anything, are probably turning in their graves now, as he has indeed retired as one of the best film actors in the history of the profession. For this reason, I probably would watch him reading the phone book and still be impressed.
The movie's climax is somewhat unsatisfying, and even the score seems to reflect this. Perhaps it's the director's way of saying, "this is what's going on and maybe we need to be doing something about it in real life!"
The sound mix, given thunder by the Dolby 5.1 treatment on this 2-disc DVD set, is outstanding, especially in how things move about in the stereo field. I definitely plan on getting French Connection II.
By the way, I bought this from an Amazon vendor who only charged a penny for this set and it was in Near Mint condition! What a gem! Here's another Amazon The French Connection (Five Star Collection) product link in case this one is unavailable.
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